UAB doctor encourages vaccinations for pregnant women
By WVUA 23 News Reporters Jabaree Prewitt and Ryan Gillin
Doctors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are encouraging women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or thinking about becoming pregnant to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Alabama Department of Public Health and other major health organizations strongly recommend that anyone who is pregnant or considering becoming pregnant get the COVID-19 vaccine.
UAB Dr. Jessica Grayson shared her own story Wednesday, saying she became pregnant shortly after the start of the pandemic.
Now, almost a year and a half after the start of COVID-19, 39 pregnant women who are unvaccinated are being treated for COVID-19 complications at UAB. Seven of them are connected to ventilators.
“There are too many women who will never meet their babies because of COVID, and there are too many babies that will not meet their moms,” Grayson said.
Although she said she had concerns about getting a COVID-19 vaccine while she was pregnant, she chose to get vaccinated.
“When it came down to making a decision about what to do, I had to look at both like someone who is going to be put at risk at work or myself, but also for my child at home, my spouse at home who did not choose a life in medicine, and my unborn baby,” Grayson said.
Women who are pregnant are more likely to face severe complications from the COVID-19 virus, Grayson said, and the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh any potential risks.
“People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or even considering becoming pregnant should get the COVID vaccine,” Grayson said.
In fact, the CDC reports there’s evidence that women who get vaccinated while pregnant may pass down antibodies to their babies.