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CDC Recommends COVID Vaccine for Pregnant Women

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially recommended today that people who are pregnant, have recently been pregnant, or are planning to get pregnant should get one of the available COVID vaccines. Earlier this week over 20 health organizations also publicly agreed that the vaccine was safe and had no deleterious effects on a developing fetus.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky also encouraged all people who are breastfeeding to get the vaccine. Previously, people who were pregnant were cleared to get the vaccine, but the CDC stopped short of strongly recommending it. Now that more data is available regarding the safety of the vaccine for pregnant people, the official stance has changed to strongly encourage getting it.

Between the spread of misinformation regarding COVID vaccines' effect on fertility and the spread of the Delta variant, CDC officials hope more people will agree to get the vaccine. Read more at the Washington Post.