The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday that pregnant women should be vaccinated against COVID-19, based on a new analysis that did not show increased risk for miscarriage, as reported by NASDAQ.
The agency said it has found no safety concerns for pregnant people in either the new analysis or earlier studies.
The CDC had not previously recommended those pregnant get vaccinated but had said they should discuss vaccination with their health care providers.
Sascha Ellington, team lead for the Emergency Preparedness and Response team in CDC's Division of Reproductive Health, said vaccine uptake in pregnant women has been low, with only 23% receiving at least one dose.
"We want to increase that," she said, adding that the agency was working on strategies to have obstetricians and gynecologists provide vaccines. "We want women to be protected. We're not seeing any safety signals and so the benefits of vaccination really do outweigh any potential or unknown risks."
The agency now recommends that all people 12 years and older get vaccinated against COVID-19, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant or might become pregnant in the future.
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