- CDC issued an advisory on Wednesday recommending ‘immediate action’ to increase vaccination rates among pregnant women
- Just 31% of mothers have been vaccinated, with the highest rate among Asian women at 45.7% and the lowest rate among black women at 15.6%.
- Studies have shown that pregnant women have a two-fold risk of being admitted to the ICU and a 70% increased risk of death
- More than 125,000 pregnant women have contracted COVID-19 with over 22,000 hospitalizations and 161 deaths – 22 of them in the month of August
- Research shows that vaccines pass virus-fighting antibodies not only to pregnant women, but also to their babies while in the womb
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an urgent health advice Wednesday to increase the COVID-19 vaccination rate among pregnant women or those looking to become pregnant.
The agency strongly advises women to get their shots before or during pregnancy because of the increased risk of serious illness and death from the virus.
However, only one-third of expectant mothers have been vaccinated, CDC figures show.
“Pregnancy can be a special time and stressful time too – and pregnancy during a pandemic is an added concern for families,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Valensky said in a statement accompanying the health advisory.
‘I strongly encourage those who are pregnant or considering pregnancy to talk to their healthcare provider about the protective benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine to keep their babies and themselves safe. ‘
The CDC issued an advisory on Wednesday recommending ‘immediate rations’ to increase vaccination rates among pregnant women. Pictured: Michelle Melton receives the Pfizer vaccine at 35 weeks pregnant at Skipak Pharmacy in Schweinxville, Pennsylvania in February 2021
Of all expecting mothers (dark blue line), only 31% were vaccinated with the highest rate among Asian women at 45.7% (pink line) and the lowest rate among Black women at 15.6% (orange line) Is.
As of Wednesday, more than 125,000 pregnant women have contracted COVID-19, according to the CDC.
Of those women, more than 22,000 have been hospitalized and 161 have died – 22 of these in the month of August alone.
“Cases of COVID-19 in symptomatic, pregnant people have a two-fold increased risk of admission to intensive care and a 70 percent increased risk of death,” the CDC wrote in its health advisory.
Several studies have found that mothers who are pregnant have a higher risk of contracting COVID-19 than the general population.
And, once they do fall ill with the virus, they are more likely to develop severe cases or die from it.
A study from the University of Washington in Seattle found that pregnant women infected with COVID were 3.5 times more likely to be hospitalized with complications and nearly 14 times more likely to die than younger Americans.
Pregnant mothers who have COVID-19 are more likely to experience complications in their pregnancies.
A study from the University of Oxford in the UK found that expecting mothers had a 76 per cent higher risk of developing preeclampsia – a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure – and 59 per cent more likely to give birth prematurely.
Despite these risks, only 31 percent of pregnant people were fully vaccinated before or during their pregnancy, CDC figures show.
There are disparities between races/ethnicities with Asian mothers having the highest vaccination rate of 45.7 percent.
The rate for Hispanic pregnant women is 25 percent lower and the lowest rate is among black women at 15.6%.
Many pregnant women are hesitant to get vaccinated because of the misinformation that COVID vaccines are associated with infertility.
Studies have shown that pregnant women have a two-fold risk of being admitted to the ICU and a 70% increased risk of death
However, vaccines for COVID-19 have been shown to be safe and effective in expectant mothers – or women who want to become pregnant – and do not increase the risk of miscarriage.
In fact, Anu israeli studies It was found that pregnant women vaccinated with Pfizer’s shot were almost five times less likely to become infected than uninfected pregnant women.
In addition, research from New York University found that pregnant women who get the COVID-19 vaccine pass virus-fighting antibodies to their babies while in the womb.
“The CDC health advisory strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination for both pregnant individuals and their fetus or infant outweigh the known or potential risks,” the agency wrote.
Additionally, the consultation calls on health departments and physicians to educate pregnant people about the benefits of vaccination and the safety of recommended vaccines.