Clinicians are also starting to report specific side effects of Covid during pregnancy, which they call COVID-19 placenta. Placenta is inflammation of the placenta, usually caused by infectious agents, and is associated with stillbirth. And, more worryingly, these cases aren’t showing up in patients with the worst Covid symptoms — but in those with Covid-19. mild to moderate case.
Until July 2021, more than 99% Ten of the symptomatic pregnant women hospitalised with Covid-19 in the UK were not vaccinated. But poor vaccine uptake cannot be blamed solely on the spread of misinformation. In fact, some of it can simply be boiled down to confusing public health messages. Public health agencies in different parts of the world have repeatedly changed strategies: First, the vaccine is not being offered to pregnant women. They can then choose to get vaccinated, but it is not actively recommended to them. The vaccine was not recommended to pregnant women in the United States until a full eight months after it was first marketed.
This inconsistency means pregnant women aren’t sure who to listen to or what the current advice is. (The term “pregnant person” includes transgender and nonbinary parents.) “What we’re not very good at is making sure that every time the information changes, everyone gets a memo,” says Viki Male, an immunologist who studies pregnancy Imperial College London. It doesn’t matter whether public health agencies update their guidance — it won’t help if the message of the change doesn’t reach the target audience.
A survey by the Maven Clinic, the company where Shah works, asked 500 nationally representative pregnant women in the United States why they were not vaccinated. more than 60% have no idea Vaccination is recommended during pregnancy. (Even today, a webpage on the UK Medicines and Healthcare products regulator public evaluation The head of Pfizer’s vaccines is currently warning that “there is currently no adequate assurance that the vaccine is safe for pregnant women” and that breastfeeding women should not be vaccinated — both untrue. )
Men pointed to Canada as a country that handled it better: She said that any changes in policy were clearly communicated by the authorities, so the proportion of pregnant women who were fully vaccinated was much higher than in the US and UK. For example, in Ontario, nearly 60% Those who became pregnant in September received at least one dose.
While health authorities remained silent, pregnant women were told to turn to trusted experts: their midwives, primary care providers and obstetricians. But the news they received was mixed. One-third of respondents to the Maven Clinic survey said they had been advised not to get vaccinated by a medical provider.Another survey of pregnant women in the UK was conducted by pregnant then fucked, a fertility campaign charity, found more than 40% said they had been questioned by health professionals about the safety of the vaccine.