CDC has released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women and is recommending all people 12 years of age and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“CDC encourages all pregnant women or women who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “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 women.”
A new CDC analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy and did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population.
Previously, data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for pregnant women who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies. Combined, these data and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant women outweigh any known or potential risks.
Clinicians have seen the number of pregnant people infected with COVID-19 rise in the past several weeks. The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant women, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant women make vaccination for this population more urgent than ever.
- Outbreak News This Week- California Naegleria fowleri, Marburg in Guinea and more
- Cambodia: Dozens of chikungunya, dengue cases reported in Kandal province
- Finland reports 60% of 16-19 year old’s have received 1st COVID jab
- Bangladesh tops 5,000 hospitalized dengue cases this year, 95% from Dhaka
- Ukraine reports 50 gastrointestinal infection outbreaks in first seven months
- Potato chip recall due to potential Salmonella
- Alaska Hospital Food Poisoning Outbreak
- Georgia melioidosis death: No travel history–Video news report