OB/GYNs, a nurse and midwife affirm the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy and debunk myths about the impact on fertility in 40+ new FAQ videos just added to KFF’s THE CONVERSATION / LA CONVERSACIÓN.
According to the CDC, approximately one in three people currently pregnant are not fully vaccinated, a higher rate than in the general population. These lower rates of vaccination have raised concerns, as pregnant people may face more serious complications if infected with COVID-19, including an increased risk of miscarriage and pre-term birth.
In a recent KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor, only 39 percent of those who were pregnant or planning to become pregnant said they were either “very confident” or “somewhat confident” the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant people. Nearly six in ten (57%) say they are not confident the vaccines are safe for them. Healthcare workers are consistently named as those most trusted to address questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.
The CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American College of Nurse-Midwives and American Association of Nurse Practitioners, among other leading medical groups, all strongly recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for those currently, recently or considering pregnancy. With Omicron surging and a growing urgency to increase vaccination rates in all communities, these new videos offer authoritative, accessible information from healthcare experts.
The California Health Care Foundation provided funding for the development and distribution of these new videos and has supported THE CONVERSATION / LA CONVERSACIÓN since its launch in March 2021.