(Washington) Pregnant women can be safely vaccinated against COVID-19, U.S. health officials said Wednesday as they face a worrying number of expectant mothers to be hospitalized.
Posted on Aug 11, 2021 at 3:02 pm
“Vaccines are safe and effective and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly contagious Delta variant and the serious consequences of COVID-19 in pregnant women,” warned Rochelle Walensky, director of the centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the most important federal health agency in the country.
Pregnant women are at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19, including miscarriages and birth deaths. However, according to the CDC, fewer than one in four women has had at least one first injection of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This strong position on the benefits of vaccines for pregnant women contrasts with the CDC’s months of use of ambiguous language on the subject, with the WHO, for its part, wavering on the sensitive issue of the risk-benefit ratio for this category of population.
US health officials came to their conclusion based on a study of nearly 2,500 pregnant women.
They therefore recommend that everyone aged 12 and over get vaccinated against COVID-19.