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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky encourages ‘Pregnant People’ to get COVID-19 vaccine

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a new report on Wednesday suggesting that pregnant people should be vaccinated against COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky took to Twitter urging everyone to “read why @CDCgov recommends that pregnant people should be vaccinated against COVID-19.” Walensky wrote: “The rise in cases, vaccine hesitancy, and the increased risk of severe illness for pregnant people make vaccination against #COVID19 more urgent than ever. Read why @CDCgov recommends that pregnant people should be vaccinated against COVID-19.”

The report showed that 2,5000 women experiences no increased risk of miscarriage when given one does of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy, according to the New York Post. “Another report looked at pregnant people enrolled in the v-safe pregnancy registry who were vaccinated before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Scientists did not find an increased risk for miscarriage among people who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy,” CDC report suggests. 

CDC further recommends breastfeeding mothers to get vaccinated although clinical vaccine trials “used in the United States did not include people who are breastfeeding.” Nevertheless, the report claims that women who are vaccinated can develop antibodies in their breastmilk “which could help protect their babies.” 

ARTICLE: LAURA RAMIREZ

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: TIME

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