The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a recommendation for the vaccination of pregnant women. The numbers of positive people are rising worldwide, yet the vaccination rate remains low across the US, which is why the institutions are pushing hard to vaccinate and protect as many people as possible.
The recommendation was issued after an extensive study conducted among thousands of pregnant women who were vaccinated. The vaccines were proven to be safe and increasing the level of protection against COVID-19. So far, several studies have proved that getting infected in pregnancy may result in preterm delivery and a series of adverse outcomes and complications.
While none of the organizations recommended a specific vaccine, it’s been pointed that Johnson & Johnson does increase risks of blood clots. This in no way means it is a bad vaccine, but that pregnant women who have experienced the issue already should consult their ob-gyn before making a final decision.
Recent data coming from the UK point to the fact that 98% of mothers hospitalized due to COVID-19 were, in fact, unvaccinated. As the Delta variant is proving to be more infective than it was previously believed, it’s essential to protect those who are particularly vulnerable.