Today, the CDC has released an urgent health advice to increase COVID-19 vaccination in people who are pregnant, recently became pregnant (including those who are breastfeeding), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who may be get pregnant in the future to avoid serious illness, death, and adverse pregnancy consequences.
CDC health advice COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination for both pregnant women and their fetus or younger outweigh the known or potential risks. In addition, the advice called on health departments and clinics to educate pregnant women on the benefits of vaccination and the safety of recommended vaccines.
According to CDC data, only 31 percent of pregnant women are vaccinated against COVID-19 and vaccination rates vary significantly by race and ethnicity. Vaccination coverage is higher among Asians who are pregnant (45.7 percent), but lower among Hispanic or Latino who are pregnant (25 percent), and lowest among Blacks who are pregnant (15.6 percent).
By Sept. 27th, there is more than 125,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnant women including more than 22,000 hospitalized and 161 dead; of which, 22 died in the month of August alone. In COVID-19 symptomatic cases, pregnant women have twice the risk of being admitted to intensive care and a 70 percent increased risk of dying. Pregnant people with COVID-19 are at greater risk of adverse pregnancy consequences that may include unpaid birth, stillbirth, and ICU admission of an infected newborn. also in COVID-19.
The advisory can be found at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00453.asp.
Present the following to CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH
“Pregnancy can be a special time and also a stressful time – and getting pregnant during a pandemic is an added concern for families. I encourage those who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant to talk to their healthcare provider about of the protective benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine to protect their children and themselves. ”