SOUTHWEST OB/GYN IS CONFIDENT IN THE COVID-19 VACCINE
A lot of women may have serious questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.
The United States Food and Drug Administration presented an Emergency Use Authorization for the Pfizer-BioNtech mRNA vaccine for 16 years of age and older as a 2-dose regimen given three weeks apart. The Pfizer vaccine is shown to have a 95% efficacy in preventing COVID-19 after the second dose.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s current recommendations are that healthcare personnel and vulnerable populations prioritize COVID-19 vaccinations due to limited availability. Once this round has been completed, the focus will expand to include all people.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the COVID-19 vaccine also be available for pregnant women who meet the criteria for vaccination based on prioritization groups.
Pregnant women considering the COVID-19 vaccination should contact their medical provider, who will work with you to assess the risks for infection for you and your baby. These increased risks are compounded in women of color who have a higher prevalence of COVID-19 disease.
SHOULD YOU GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE?
The CDC and health experts believe that the mRNA vaccine will not likely pose a risk for pregnant women as they are not live and degrade quickly.
When considering the COVID-19 vaccine, consider the level of occurrence of the virus in your community, the efficacy of the vaccine, and the risk of severity of the virus.