The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The recommendation comes after the CDC reported the highest number of pregnant women to die in a month.
22 pregnant women died from the infection in August and vaccination rates are low among pregnant women, only 31%.
With those numbers, “It is as urgent as it can be for pregnant women to get their Covid vaccine,” said Dr. Laura Erdman, MD, OB-GYN with Capital Women’s Care at GBMC. “The reason why it’s so urgent is because we are seeing now, after a year and a half of being in this pandemic, that our patients who are pregnant, if they do get Covid, they do get sicker than women who are not pregnant,” she added.
Dr. Erdman compared the level of sickness to the Flu, which in pregnant women adds another risk factor as far as needing a stay in the hospital to be treated. With Covid that also includes a high risk of death, according to doctors.
When it comes to concerns about how the vaccine could affect a pregnant woman and her baby, Dr Erdman says, “I have the utmost confidence in our regulatory organizations the FDA and the CDC.”
She said while the vaccine is new, it’s new because this virus is new, however the research and the science behind the vaccine is not new. “We, the broader medical community, has been researching MRNA and it’s use in vaccines since about 2012,” Dr. Erdman said.
Dr. Erdman said she has not seen any fertility issues when it comes to the Covid vaccine. She encourages everybody to get the Covid vaccine as soon as they can.