New study, local doctor think pregnant women should be prioritized for vaccine

New study, local doctor think pregnant women should be prioritized for vaccine

In Ohio, pregnant women are not in a priority group for the Covid vaccine. However, researchers out of state thinks that should change.

A study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology identified 240 pregnant patients in Washington State. It found a 70 percent higher Covid infection rate compared to similarly aged people in the general population. The article attributes this discrepancy to the fact that there was a disproportionate amount of minority women in the study, who are at a higher risk for Covid.

“The article didn’t come right out and say that pregnancy in and of itself increases the risk of getting the virus,” Dr. Chris Croom, a maternal fetal medicine doctor from Miami Valley Hospital said.

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Nevertheless, Dr. Croom agrees with the researchers who think pregnant women should be in a priority group to get the vaccine.

“The take home message that’s been coming out now for the last four to six months, is that pregnant patients, when they get the virus, tend to get sicker,” Dr. Croom said.

He explained, information out about MRNA vaccines, the type now available, shows they do not appear to cross the placenta and they don’t change the mother or baby’s genetic material.

“It appears to be a very, very safe vaccine,” Dr. Croom said.