The US CDC put out an urgent call yesterday for those who are pregnant to get vaccinated against COVID-19, after the agency reported rising numbers of infections during pregnancy.
- 125,000+ lab-confirmed infections have been documented among pregnant people as of Monday.
- 22,000+ of whom had to be hospitalized.
- 161 deaths have been recorded (21 of which were in August alone).
The issue is that vaccination rates are so low—around 20% for those who are pregnant, USA Today reports. And they’re even lower for pregnant Black people: 15%.
The Quote: “We know that pregnant women are at increased risk of severe disease, of hospitalization and ventilation,” CDC director Rochelle Walensky said yesterday. “They're also at increased risk for adverse events to their baby.”
COVID-19 Connection? 23,226 teens became pregnant in South Africa’s Gauteng province between April 2020 and March 2021—a 28% increase in teen births over a similar period from 2019 to 2020, Bhekisisa reports. While it’s too early to determine effects of the pandemic and lockdowns, previous studies showed that school closures in South Africa have put young people at greater risk of sexual violence.