October 01, 2021
In a health alert this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended urgent action to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates among those who are pregnant, recently pregnant, or who are trying to become pregnant in the future.
As of September 27, more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths, the CDC said in its alert. The agency said it “strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks.”
“Despite the known risks of COVID-19, as of September 18, 2021, 31 percent of pregnant people were fully vaccinated before or during their pregnancy,” the CDC said.
In its alert, the CDC noted:
HAP joins health care organizations across the nation encouraging everyone who is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The overwhelming majority of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in Pennsylvania are from the unvaccinated population, according to recent reports. Appointments are available online.
The CDC recommends the following strategies for health care providers to provide education about the COVID-19 vaccines.
HAP will continue to monitor COVID-19 public health developments and provide updates to members.
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