Pregnant women, or women planning to conceive soon, are not confident that the Covid vaccine is safe for them, despite what experts say, a new study shows.
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Vaccine Monitor for November, published Thursday, found that only 39 percent of women in the category believe the injection is safe for expectant mothers.
Pregnant women are among the least vaccinated demographics in America, with only 35 percent receiving the shot, according to federal data.
Health officials have deemed the shot safe and effective in pregnant women, warning that mothers-to-be are at higher risk of Covid complications — and even potential harm to their unborn child — if they contract the virus compared to the general population.
Only 39% of pregnant women, or women planning to become pregnant soon, say they have confidence in the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine. The shots have been deemed safe and effective by health officials and it is recommended that all eligible adults receive them if they can
According to CDC data, only 35% of pregnant women have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, placing them in the vaccinated demographic in the US (orange line)
The Vaccine Monitor is a monthly survey conducted by KFF to gauge how Americans feel about the Covid vaccines.
Last month’s edition featured a sample of women under 50 who are either pregnant or planning to do so in the near future.
They were asked, ‘How confident are you that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women?’
Of the group, 18 percent said they were ‘very confident’ and 21 percent said they were ‘somewhat confident’.
Nearly one in four, 24 percent, said they were ‘not too sure’ and 33 percent said they were ‘not at all sure’ about the safety of the shot for them.
Pregnant women were among the most hesitant group in America due to the now a year-long introduction of the shots.
The vaccines were first authorized for emergency use for all adults in December 2020.
While pregnant adults were eligible for the group, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially made no general recommendation to get stung.
Initially, the CDC did not give a general recommendation for all women to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but eventually gave the green light over the summer. Pictured: A pregnant woman receives an injection of a COVID-19 vaccine in Schwenksville, Pennsylvania on Feb. 11
Instead, the agency advised them to talk to their doctor before getting the injection.
There’s also rampant misinformation spread about the shot — and how it might affect fertility — via social media that could have influenced a woman’s decision-making.
Over the summer, as the Delta variety started growing in the US, the CDC finally issued a general recommendation to expect mothers to get the shot, but they had already fallen significantly behind other groups.
Health officials warn that pregnant women who have not yet received the injection are taking a risk.
A CDC study published last month found that pregnant women infected with Covid at the time of delivery are five times more likely to die in the process and twice as likely to have a stillbirth.
Another study, published in August by the University of California, San Francisco, found that women who get Covid at some point during pregnancy have a 60 percent increased risk of preterm birth.
According to the survey, about 75% of Americans are vaccinated or plan to get the shot soon. The number of Americans who say they don’t plan to get the shot has also fallen
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People over 50 are overwhelmingly in favor of the COVID-19 vaccine boosters, with over 80% reporting that they already have or plan to get the extra shot
While the number of pregnant women remains low, the KFF survey found that, overall, more Americans are getting the chance.
The survey found that 75 percent of Americans have received or plan to receive the injection, up from 74 percent the month before.
The proportion of Americans who ‘certainly don’t get’ the vaccine also fell from 16 percent to 14 percent.
Americans are also getting their Covid booster now that it’s available, with 23 percent of fully vaccinated adults reporting receiving it — up from 10 percent the month before.
There was also a decrease in those who said they definitely wouldn’t get the extra shot, or probably wouldn’t, from 21 percent to 18 percent.
A majority of people over 50, 82 percent, have received the booster shot or say they probably will someday.