Source: Yahoo News

The CDC has confirmed that large numbers of a pregnant woman are now “dying of Covid” and have urged them to increase their uptake of the vaccine.

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According to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a sharp rise in deaths this August and September among pregnant women. The CDC says these deaths were related to the Delta variant spread.

Yahoo News reports:

  • Additionally, more than 40% of the 248 total deaths among pregnant people since the pandemic began occurred since August.
  • “I can tell you, when I hear about a pregnant woman in the community who is not vaccinated, I personally pick up the phone and talk to them,” Walensky told ABC News’ chief medical correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton earlier this month.
  • Walensky also told Ashton she is “very concerned” about pregnant people who remain unvaccinated as the Omicron variant spreads.

The data come as COVID-19 vaccination rates among pregnant people continue to lag relative to the general population.

  • As of Dec. 4, the most recent data available, less than 35% of pregnant people are fully vaccinated, compared to nearly 61% of the general population, according to the CDC.
  • The vaccination rate among Black pregnant people is even lower, at around 22%, according to the CDC.
  • Pregnant people face a greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC.

“This is one where I feel like we have to do more,” Walensky said of the lagging vaccination rate among pregnant people.

  • “We have to do better,” she said.