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CDC urges COVID vaccines during pregnancy as Delta surges

A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to a pregnant woman at a Clalit Health Services clinic in Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021. (AFP)
A health worker administers a dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine to a pregnant woman at a Clalit Health Services clinic in Tel Aviv on January 23, 2021. (AFP)

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as hospitals in hotspots around the US see disturbing numbers of unvaccinated mothers-to-be seriously ill with the virus.

Expectant women run a higher risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications from the coronavirus, including perhaps miscarriages and stillbirths. But their vaccination rates are low, with only about 23% having received at least one dose, according to CDC data.

“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 people,” says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement.

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