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COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Increase Protection in Pregnancy

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Monica McLemore, PhD, MPH, RN, Yolanda Tinajero, MD, OB/GYN and Eva Goodfriend Reaño, Certified Nurse Midwife explain that pregnant people are at increased risk of getting sick with COVID-19. Booster shots are recommended to provide extra protection during pregnancy. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

 

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Eva Goodfriend-Reaño, CNM, Certified Nurse Midwife: We’re recommending boosters for pregnant people at any trimester and including in the six weeks postpartum.
Monica McLemore, PhD, RN, MPH, Registered Nurse and Researcher: Immunity wanes over time, right? And, so, by boosting our immune systems, it allows us to have this continued level of protection that we had when we were initially inoculated.
Yolanda Tinajero, MD, OB/GYN: My goal is to have the, a safe and healthy pregnancy. And I know that because these vaccines have been deemed to be safe and effective, I want to be able to provide my baby the opportunity to hopefully be as protected as possible against COVID-19.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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