The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged all pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in the wake of the rising cases of the Delta Variant.
The CDC said pregnant women run a higher risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications from the coronavirus, including perhaps miscarriages and stillbirths.
The CDC lamented that despite these findings, vaccination rates among pregnant women are low, with only about 23% have received at least one dose.
“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.
Sources said aside from CDC, top obstetrician groups are also calling on pregnant women to get vaccinated.
Meanwhile, several health authorities believe the variant may cause more severe disease — in pregnant women and others as well — than earlier versions of the virus, though that is still under investigation.
Moreover, the latest data from CDC also state that some 105,000 pregnant U.S. women have been infected with COVID-19, and almost 18,000 have been hospitalized.
The same data also shows that one-fourth of those received intensive care and 124 died.