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Why is it important to be vaccinated for COVID-19 while pregnant?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Joia Crear-Perry, MD, OB/GYN, explains the risk for serious complications from COVID-19 is greater during pregnancy as the immune system is already weakened. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

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Most people tell me, I hear you, doc. I believe you, but I’m still gonna wait until after I have the baby. But the truth is you’re more vulnerable when you’re pregnant, waiting till after you have the baby, it’s actually putting yourself in more harm you and the baby and more harm’s way, because when you’re pregnant is when your immune system is dampened. You were actually more at risk while you’re pregnant. So, you should not wait until after having the baby to, um, get the vaccine. You should do it as early as you can to keep you in the baby safe.

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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