The study’s findings are important because COVID-19 vaccination rates among pregnant people remain low. Only about 30 percent of pregnant people have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Low vaccination rates among pregnant people are concerning experts because statistics show they’re at increased risk for severe illness, death and pregnancy complications such as preterm birth and stillbirth.
As of mid-October, there were more than 128,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in pregnant people, resulting in more than 22,000 hospitalizations and 180 deaths.
To help encourage more pregnant mothers to be vaccinated, the CDC recently issued a health advisory strongly recommending COVID-19 vaccination either before or during pregnancy.