Most pregnant women in the United States have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the latest data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
On 21 August, about 3 out of 4 pregnant women aged 18-49 were unvaccinated, or in other words that 23.9% received a total of at least one dose per day. Data from the Agency’s Vaccine Safety Datalink. Vaccination coverage was reported lowest among Hispanic / Latina (19.2%) and black pregnant women (11.7%), with higher coverage reported among Asian (35.2%) and white pregnant women (26.6%).
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“Vaccination among pregnant women is still low,” the National Board of Health wrote in part in the weekly update of COVID Data Tracker on 20 August. “This low uptake persists despite recent increases in COVID-19 cases in pregnant women. “
The CDC on August 11 strengthened a recommendation to use COVID-19 vaccines among pregnant women after a new study showed no increased risk of miscarriage among women who received the shot during early pregnancy. The analysis originates from additional safety data of 2,456 women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy, with results indicating an approximately 13% abortion rate, within the expected frequency of approx. 11% to 16% in the general population.
“The CDC urges all pregnant women or people who are considering becoming pregnant and those who are breastfeeding to be vaccinated to protect themselves against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky formerly. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations, as we are facing the highly transmissible Delta variant and seeing serious results from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant women.”
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On August 23, the agency reported 109,773 total COVID-19 cases among pregnant women and 131 deaths.
The recent full FDA approval granted to the Pfizer / BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine should increase confidence in the shot, says Dr. Martin Tucker, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
In a statement released earlier this week, Tucker said: “With today’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) license for Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, clinicians can feel even more confident in recommending vaccination to their patients, including pregnant patients. All eligible individuals, including those who are pregnant, should feel confident about being vaccinated against COVID-19. “