Pennsylvania health officials urge pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine
Pennsylvania Health Department officials are urging pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
According to the release, Acting Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter and Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson strongly urged those who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant to get vaccinated to be protected from COVID-19.
"The evidence is clear that vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, are safe and effective and do not cause fertility issues in men or women," Dr. Johnson said.
Acting Health Secretary Klinepeter announced during Tuesday's news conference that she is pregnant and fully vaccinated. She also said she received her COVID booster shot after learning she was pregnant.
"I'm sharing this news publicly because I want my story to help other women across Pennsylvania make an informed decision," said Klinepeter. "I am vaccinated, I am boosted and thanks to scientists, doctors and my great teammates at the Department of Health, I'm confident that it was the right decision."
The latest CDC report detailed how the vaccines are safe and effective for those wishing to become pregnant, are currently pregnant or are breastfeeding.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends that pregnant individuals get fully vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible. They say to use the CDC's v-safe pregnancy registry, a smartphone-based tool that offers health check-ins.
The check-ins gather information from people that received their COVID-19 shot before or during pregnancy to help others get educated and make informed decisions about the vaccine.