Transcript for New information about COVID-19 vaccine and pregnant women
Back here in our sometimes square studios in New York City, we have ABC chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton here with me and as we usually do, as we always do, actually let's start with a look at the latest coronavirus case numbers from Johns Hopkins university, we are now approaching 143 million confirmed cases of coronavirus worldwide. The death toll here still growing. Growing beyond 568,000 American lives lost. And the CDC is now reporting more than 86.2 million people in the U.S. Are now fully vaccinated. We have talked, Jen, from the beginning, about the importance of looking at the unique risks of specific populations, and there is some new information about pregnant women. Yep, and this is a very important population, Amy, so just yesterday, the American society of reproductive medicine issued a bold statement, take a look at what they said, regarding pregnant women and the vaccine. They are saying that pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant should get a covid-19 vaccine. They are not mincing words here. They're not saying it's an option. They are recommending it. Now, why is this a bold statement? If you look to what other organizations are saying, the fda, the CDC, and acog, the college of obstetricians and gynecologists, they're a little more vague, they're leaving that decision to get vaccinated up to the pregnant woman. Now, we have to remember that pregnant women were not part of the clinical trials, so there is lacking data. Even though they're being included right now in trials, that's why these other organizations are a little more vague. And I know you know from your practice, I know from friends, that there are still a lot of younger women who are looking to get pregnant, or who are pregnant, who are on the fence about this. How do they make that decision? And first of all, we're talking about four million births in this country every year, so this is not a small number of women. They need to balance the risks versus the benefits, and while we're accumulating data, thus far, there have been no significant safety signals in pregnant women, who have been vaccinated with covid-19. We know pregnant women are at higher risk of covid-19, so this is a decision that really needs to be made, based on risk versus benefit, in general vaccines have a very safe track record in pregnancy, and that's some good news. All right, I remember needing to get the flu vaccine when I was pregnant. That's right. Dr. Jen, thank you very much.
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