Ohio health officials urge pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Oct. 4, 2021 at 10:28 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 4, 2021 at 12:02 PM EDT
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - Ohio health officials say the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and they are urging women to get the shot.

Dr. Lisa Egbert with the Ohio State Medical Association says she understands that women are skeptical about taking the vaccine and giving it to their unborn child, but there is no increased risk of stillbirth or other complications linked to the vaccine.

“Those are myths that have been thoroughly debunked,” Dr. Egbert said.

There are more than 125,000 total COVID-19 cases in pregnant women in the U.S., according to the CDC. Of those cases, 97% are unvaccinated.

“Delta is taking out young, healthy women,” Dr. Egbert said.

She adds that pregnant women who have had COVID-19 and have developed antibodies can now pass them to their babies through breastfeeding.

Dr. Egbert says some women who have had COVID-19 and were on ventilators had to deliver their babies early.

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