According to CDC statistics as of Oct. 2, just 26% of pregnant Americans had taken at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccination while pregnant, placing them among the nation’s most reluctant demographics. Even when those who had at least one dosage before getting pregnant are included, the figure remained low – 33 percent.
Their hesitation appears to be fueled in part by months of ambiguous instructions and a lack of data for expecting mothers, both of which remained until this summer as a result of their exclusion from early coronavirus vaccination studies.
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Misinformation about infertility and miscarriage entered the information vacuum, adding to the confusion for those trying to make decisions for themselves and their babies.
The medical community now fully supports receiving the coronavirus vaccine during pregnancy.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publicly approved it on August 11 after long-awaited research revealed no increased risk of miscarriage. In late July, leading obstetrics and gynecology organizations unanimously supported immunization.
Those who have suffered catastrophic repercussions as a result of reluctance are also contributing their voices to the present push. They have shared experiences of emergency Caesarean sections, preterm births, lost moms, and lost infants in interviews and social media posts in the hopes of reaching others who are hesitant about the injections.
During the first few months of the pandemic, research showed that covid-19 might be especially dangerous in pregnancy, increasing the likelihood of hospitalization and the requirement of a ventilator. Pregnancy, however, was a disqualifier for early trials in the rush to discover vaccinations that may eradicate the virus.
The exclusion of pregnant individuals is frequent in clinical research and has historically been done to prevent potential damage. It originates in part from the tragedy that occurred in the 1950s as a result of the use of a sedative, thalidomide, to treat morning sickness in pregnant women throughout the world.
Within a few years of the drug’s release, serious birth abnormalities were discovered in hundreds of children, and it was withdrawn.
Despite the fact that it was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, thalidomide was administered to Americans in clinical studies. This resulted in tougher rules for testing new medications, including the exclusion of pregnant women from most clinical studies.
However, in recent years, the exclusionary strategy has been called into question since it has kept pregnant patients in the dark regarding whether a wide range of vaccinations and treatments are safe for them. According to one research, nearly three-quarters of medicines authorized by the FDA since 2000 have no data on their influence on human pregnancy.
More than 20 groups signed a letter to federal authorities in March 2020 requesting them to include pregnant and breastfeeding women in coronavirus vaccine development. Following animal studies, the FDA advised vaccine manufacturers to consider including them in prelicensure trials three months later, but they were not included.
Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are currently conducting trials to investigate the impact of their vaccinations on pregnancy, although they are taking place months after the injections were approved for emergency use. The Food and Drug Administration has given its complete approval to Pfizer’s vaccine.
According to Pfizer spokesperson Jerica Pitts, pregnant women were first excluded “to understand the safety and efficacy in healthy volunteers at the forefront before going into other groups.” According to a spokeswoman for Johnson & Johnson, it is “critical to demonstrate the safety profile of vaccinations before they are pushed into sensitive groups, such as pregnant women.” Representatives from Moderna did not reply to a request for comment.
Due to a dearth of evidence relevant to pregnancy at the time the vaccinations were first accessible, medical authorities provided different – and often contradictory – recommendations. During the first introduction of the injections, there were isolated instances of pharmacies and clinics refusing pregnant women, despite the fact that they were eligible for immunization from the outset.