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Are pregnant people at greater risk from COVID-19?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Joia Crear-Perry, MD, OB/GYN explains during pregnancy your immune system is working overtime, which can make you more vulnerable to COVID-19 if infected. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

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So, when you become pregnant in order to stay pregnant, your body goes through all these changes. And one of those changes is your immune system changes. When you’re pregnant, your body says, okay, I want to hold onto this baby. So, let me make sure my immune system is not as active so that I can stay pregnant. And that decreasing of your immune system to maintain the pregnancy also means the virus has more access to you because the virus now sees an entryway, an entry point. So, that’s why you see pregnancy being a state of increased risk of infection.

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