East Texas ob/gyns encourage pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Aug. 14, 2021 at 3:33 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2021 at 6:29 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Doctors are urging pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine as a safe and effective protection for them and their baby.

On Wednesday the Center for Disease Control made an announcement urging women who are pregnant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Sunni Boren an OB/GYN at Four Seasons Women’s Health has been recommending pregnant women to get the vaccine, but she understands why some might be hesitant.

“People are always concerned about medications or anything in pregnancy. We are obviously dealing with two patients there, and mothers are always going to be protective of their children.” said Dr. Boren.

Protecting both the mother and the baby is her top priority, which is why she is urging future mothers to get the COVID-19 vaccine. She says getting a vaccine while pregnant isn’t anything new. She says getting the virus while being pregnant and unvaccinated could pose a danger to the mother and the baby.

“Women who are pregnant are at an increased risk for complications from COVID, so they have about a three-time higher rate of hospitalization they are twice as likely to require life support or ECMO and then they have almost two times higher rate of death from COVID then someone who is not pregnant,” said Dr. Boren.

According to the CDC, more than 140,000 women have received the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy and no safety concerns have been reported for both the mother and the baby. Dr. Boren says the announcement from the CDC is because the data that has been received proves that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women.

“We actually have data to look at now looking for problems, looking for bad outcomes, looking for unforeseen problems and with the analysis of that data that’s just not there,” said Dr. Boren. “So we see no increased risk of miscarriage, no increased risk of complications in women who are vaccinated compared to women who are unvaccinated.”

Dr. Boren also says the particles of the vaccine are too large to cross the placenta and that only the antibodies cross the placenta, so babies are also being born with antibodies that protect against COVID-19.

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