What We Know About the Covid Vaccinations for Pregnant Women : New Medical Information

New medical information about Covid vaccinations in pregnancy

The COVID-19 viral pandemic has greatly increased pregnancy concerns, even in healthy young women. Reports about how the coronavirus disease affects pregnant women have not been consistent, and reports on the effects of maternal vaccination on the baby have been almost non-existent, until recently. Pregnant women have been facing an uncertain choice – whether to vaccinate, or not to vaccinate. As a result, the number of pregnant women in America and other countries who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 is significantly lower than the number of vaccinated non-pregnant women in the same age group.

But a body of reliable information is finally emerging as more experience has been gained with COVID-19, and as more studies have been completed on both mothers and babies. With the health of two persons at stake in every pregnancy, it is very important that we take this new information into account …………………………

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Still trying to decide whether to vaccinate your children?

Group summer play

No more masking mandates for schools. Everyone is starting to get out and and do “normal” mixing things. Summer is coming and decisions need to be made about resuming swim teams and summer camps for our children.

Yet only about 56% of children in the 12-15 age group have been fully vaccinated, and only 27% of children in the 5-11 age group have been fully vaccinated, and of course, none of the 18 million children in the under-5 age group have been vaccinated at all. Consumer Report March 22

In the recent Omicron variant surge, the number of children who were hospitalized with a positive Covid-19 test was greater than during either of the previous two variant surges. The Omicron variant was much more infective than the others, but fortunately the illnesses were usually milder than those caused by the delta variant. Some positive results were actually just incidental to the real reason the child was hospitalized.

We cannot be casual, however. Just in the 5-11 age group alone, there have been 4 million cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic. 3,136 of these children had multiinflammatory system involvement, and there were 94 deaths. Long Covid ( symptoms lasting more than 6 weeks) is also a factor.

Meanwhile, the next Omicron variant BA 2 (more infective even than the previous Omicron) is already making up more than half of the new Covid-19 infections documented this March.

So decisions have to be made. See my article in Crosswalk.com https://www.crosswalk.com/special-coverage/coronavirus/should-i-vaccinate-my-child-for-covid-19.html for thoughts on that decision-making.