According to estimates from the CDC, about 30 percent of pregnant women in the United States have not been vaccinated
“We know that while pregnant women are at risk for Covid-19, they should not and should not die from it,” said Dr. Christopher John, Chief of Clinical Practice and Health Equity and Quality. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Kaiser researchers found that among women who were pregnant or planning to become pregnant: 60 percent believed that pregnant women should not be vaccinated, or were not sure if this was true; And the same number was believed, or it was uncertain whether vaccines were shown to cause infertility. While only 16 percent said they directly believed the claim of false infertility, another 44 percent said they were not sure if it was true.
Misinformation torrents during the epidemic have repeatedly disrupted public health campaigns. The previous spikes in the lie raised suspicions about the severity of vaccines, masks and viruses and undermined best practices for controlling the spread of coronavirus, health experts said, adding that misinformation was a major cause of vaccine hesitation. U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has sought information from technology companies about the main source of misleading Covid-19.
One reason is that misinformation about the vaccine and pregnancy could attract so much attention, experts say. Early clinical trials of the coronavirus vaccine excluded pregnant women. The lack of testing data led the CDC and the World Health Organization to make various recommendations for pregnant women initially, although vaccinations for pregnant women were not explicitly prohibited or encouraged. Other health organizations have chosen to wait for further safety data from subsequent trials before making an official recommendation for vaccinating pregnant women.
“Unfortunately, in the interim, the information gap was filled with a lot of misinformation, especially on social media, and it has been a fierce battle to fight,” said Dr. John. “While we’ve made a lot of progress over the last year with adoption among pregnant people, there’s also a lot of time wasted.”
Researchers have pointed to the spread of anti-vaccine misinformation on social networks over the years as the reason for the dilemma of vaccines and the low rate of covid-19 vaccine adoption in more conservative states.
“At the root of this problem is trust, or really, a lack of trust,” said Dr. Sell. “Trustworthy doctors need to understand the importance of vaccinating against covid as well as help women to protect against it. But when people don’t trust the authorities, go to a provider or don’t usually think they have a place to get good information, this misinformation can fill that void. “