The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday that pregnant women should receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Previously, the agency said that pregnant women were “eligible” for the vaccine.
The CDC based its update on new research finding that there is no increased risk of miscarriages for pregnant women who receive an mRNA vaccine early in a pregnancy. For women receiving it late in pregnancy, the CDC found no safety concern for women or their unborn children.
"In a new analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry, scientists did not find an increased risk for miscarriage among people who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. This adds to the growing evidence of the safety of these vaccines," the CDC said.
According to CDC data, only about 23% of pregnant women have been vaccinated.
The new CDC recommendation was driven by not only the new data but also the low vaccination rate among pregnant women and the current delta variant surge.
“Taken together, the time was right to come out with a stronger recommendation to hopefully increase the vaccination rates in pregnant women and hopefully protect them against Covid-19,” Sascha Ellington, the head of the emergency preparedness and response team in the CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health, told the Washington Post.
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Original Author: David Hogberg
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