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Is it safe to get the Covid vaccine while pregnant?

Pregnancy increases the risk of severe COVID-19 disease, which could lead to preterm delivery, according to latest CDC studies.

 A pregnant woman receives a vaccine for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Controversy that has been built around vaccination have caused one in four US citizens to be reluctant on getting the coronavirus shot. Some of them alleged the vaccine was created over a short period of time and they were waiting for the vaccination to be confirmed as completely “safe”, while others were just hesitant of vaccination in general.

This hesitancy is even higher in expectant women with just 23% having received at least one dose of the vaccine. However, US Centers for Disease and Control Prevention are trying hard to dissolve mistrust among pregnant people now that the delta variant comes even stronger. According to latest studies carried out by the CDC not only there is more chance of severe COVID-19 disease in comparison to non pregnant women, but the illness also increases the risk of preterm delivery

“The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said.

Severe illness includes illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care, need for a ventilator or special equipment to breathe, or illness that results in death. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes, compared with pregnant women without COVID-19.

Taking into account the data provided, vaccination’s secondary effects do not cause miscarriage or affect gestational period in any way.

The CDC alleged they did not find security issues for expectant women in the new analysis, neither in previous studies. Moreover, they added that the abortions cases after vaccination are within the expected rate.

Therefore, the U.S. CDC highly recommended pregnant women Wednesday to get mRNA vaccine as soon as possible from either three vaccines: Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson.


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