The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encouraged anyone pregnant and breastfeeding to get vaccinated against coronavirus Wednesday, pointing to a growing amount of evidence that vaccines are safe and effective as new cases and hospitalizations linked to the virus surge across the country.
While the CDC previously encouraged pregnant people to consider having a vaccine, Wednesday marked the first time the agency issued a formal recommendation.
The CDC said vaccinated pregnant people have not reported side effects that differ from those who aren’t pregnant after receiving the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, and a recent CDC analysis suggests vaccinations are not associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.
A recent study found coronavirus infections can drastically increase the odds of a pregnant person delivering before reaching full term, which is associated with children having a higher risk of developing life-long, critical health problems.
Vaccinated mothers may also pass down antibodies to their babies through pregnancy and lactation that help fight off coronavirus, a small study released in March suggested.
“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,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a statement.
About 50% of the U.S. population has been fully vaccinated against coronavirus, according to CDC data. The U.S. is facing a resurgence of new infections and hospitalizations linked to the virus, driven by the more infectious delta variant. In a move to prevent another wave, some states and cities are reinstating coronavirus restrictions, like indoor masking mandates and vaccine passports.
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