CDC Issues Health Advisory Recommending COVID-19 Vaccinations for Pregnant People

This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a nationwide health advisory recommending “urgent action” to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant, or who might become pregnant in the future. CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy because the benefits of vaccination outweigh known or potential risks.

According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccination coverage for pregnant people remains low with significant disparities by race and ethnicity. The CDC recommends ensuring tailored, culturally responsive, and linguistically appropriate communication of vaccination benefits to pregnant persons and sets forth specific recommendations for public health agencies and health care providers.

The full CDC Health Advisory is available here.