At least eight pregnant women in Mississippi who were not fully vaccinated have died of COVID-19 since late July, CNN Report.
why it matters: The eight pregnant women who have died from the virus is more than double the state’s pandemic tally in just two months.
big picture: Doctors recommend pregnant women to get vaccinated because of the increase in the highly contagious delta variant.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant or lactating women be vaccinated against COVID-19 because pregnant people are at increased risk of developing serious illness from COVID-19.
- The CDC said COVID-19 deaths among pregnant women in the US increased in August, per CNN. Nationally, 155 deaths of pregnant women with confirmed laboratory evidence of COVID-19 have been reported since the start of the pandemic.
- In the US, only 25.1% of pregnant women aged 18 to 49 had received at least one dose of the vaccine during their pregnancy as of September 17. according to CDC.
What are they saying: “Please get vaccinated,” Mississippi Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, said addressed the topic at one of two news conferences this month. “You have to protect yourself; you have to protect your child.”