CHICAGO, Illinois: All pregnant women should receive Covid vaccines, according to two major U.S. obstetricians' groups.
Citing data collected from tens of thousands of pregnant women who have been vaccinated, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine published a statement noting that Covid inoculations are safe and effective during pregnancy.
Officials said that contracting COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risks for severe complications, as well as increases chances for preterm births.
U.S. government information indicates that only about 16 percent of pregnant women have received one or more Covid vaccine doses.
Dr. Martin Tucker, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said in a statement that doctors should enthusiastically recommend the vaccinations to their patients.
Also, the Centers for Disease Control has said available safety information is reassuring.