CHI doctors discuss CDC guidance on COVID vaccinations and pregnancy

Posted at 3:00 PM, Aug 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-12 18:21:03-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began urging expecting mothers to get vaccinated against COVID-19. On Thursday, CHI Health Neurologist Dr. Annaliese Bosco, a doctor who was vaccinated while pregnant, talked about her experience and the recommendation from the CDC.

In addition, Bosco was joined by Creighton University Infectious Disease expert Dr. Renuga Vivekanandan.

The CDC says researchers found that getting a COVID-19 shot early in pregnancy does not increase the risk of miscarriage.

Previous research showed getting vaccinated after 20 weeks of pregnancy also does not cause any safety concerns.

"When pregnant females get COVID infection, they get a really severe infection and higher risk of being in the critical care unit. So, that's very concerning, so you know, that’s one of the big reasons is when you're pregnant to make sure to get vaccination and we also know it's been very safe and effective," said Vivekanandan.

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