The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) is adamantly advising pregnant women to receive COVID-19 vaccination. On Wednesday, the CDC disseminated the urgent advisory. This comes as an increasing number of pregnant women are being infected by the novel coronavirus. According to Dr. Agatha Critchfield from Baptist Health Maternal Fetal Medicine, they are very comfortable in administering the coronavirus vaccine for expecting mothers.
The recommendation is simultaneous with a quarter-million cases of the coronavirus in pregnant women having been recorded. Twenty-two thousand of them were admitted to the hospital. According to the CDC, 161 pregnant women have died from COVID-19. Twenty-two fatalities were reported merely in August.
The advisory is applicable to those who would want children in the future and are making attempts to become pregnant.
Unvaccinated Pregnant Women
Data from hospitals throughout the United States indicate that an estimated 97 percent of pregnant women who were admitted to the hospital with a confirmed case of COVID-19 were not inoculated. The CDC stated that alongside the susceptibilities of serious disease and death for pregnant and newly pregnant women, the virus also puts babies susceptible to preterm birth and intensive care unit (ICU) admission. Stillbirths also transpired.
CDC: Benefits Outweigh Potential Risks
The advisory issued by the CDC indicated it recommends COVID-19 vaccines prior to or amid pregnancy. This is due to the advantages of inoculation surpassing probable risks. The public health agency moved the previous month to officially advice for pregnant women to be administered inoculation. This is a shift from its prior neutral position following its discovery of no increased susceptibility of miscarriage among pregnant woman who have received such vaccine doses.
The CDC said its data displayed merely 31% of pregnant women have been inoculated against the virus. Despite an increased number of pregnant women being currently vaccinated, the CDC remarked its intake of vaccines for pregnant women has been less in contrast to the overall population.
The CDC has already advised pregnant people (including anyone trying to conceive and who was recently pregnant) to get inoculated. Such advisory is in accordance with the recommendation of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. This CDC’s sounding of the alarm underscores its past recommendation.