On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged all pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine following concerns regarding the effects of the vaccine on pregnancy. Expectant mothers across the US who have not received a vaccine are becoming seriously ill and are facing hospitalisation.
Some women have concerns regarding the vaccine affecting their chances of getting pregnant. Medical experts have responded to these concerns by confirming that there is no biological evidence that the vaccine will affect fertility. Pfizer conducted a study where a similar number of women became pregnant in the group that was given the vaccine as in the group that were given dummy shots.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now emphasising the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine when pregnant. Furthermore, they have found that pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness if they are infected with coronavirus. Research by the CDC found that pregnant women who are infected with the coronavirus are more likely to have to receive invasive ventilation or be admitted to intensive care.
“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,” said CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, in a statement.
In hospitals with low vaccination rates, the number of pregnant women who are severely ill is increasing. “This is by far the worst we’ve seen in the pandemic,” said Dr. Jane Martin, an obstetrician at Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans. “It’s disheartening and it’s exhausting. It feels like it doesn’t have to be like this. We have had multiple critically ill pregnant patients admitted every day, most requiring intensive care”.” She added: “vaccinating people is the only way out.”