CDC recommends pregnant and breastfeeding women receive COVID-19 vaccine, booster

MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now recommended all pregnant and breastfeeding women receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the booster.

As mother-to-be Ali Peaslee and her husband Alex play with their one-year-old son Aiden in their garden, they prepare to welcome another family member.

Ali is 20 weeks pregnant. She is a nurse and Alex is researching new drugs to come. Aiden is immunocompromised. The toddler has respiratory disease. Their medical history added another layer to Ali’s second pandemic pregnancy.

“There is a lot of reluctance to be pregnant and get vaccinated,” said Ali Peaslee.

“I was very skeptical at first, but as the research progressed… they knew they were definitely safe and that was the important thing at that point,” said Alex Peaslee.

Ali was breastfeeding Aiden when she decided to get the COVID-19 vaccine last year.

“I was fully vaccinated before I got pregnant, then I got pregnant,” Ali Peaslee said.

Ali received his COVID-19 recall this week.

“We have good data to show that the vaccine does not show an increase in birth defects or an increase in miscarriages or stillbirths,” Dr Michael Beninati, UW Assist. said the professor of maternal-fetal medicine.

Beninati said medical professionals have compiled a lot more information about the vaccine and pregnancy over the past ten months.

“The reason for the recall is just the waning immunity from the first two shots,” Beninati said.

Wednesday, the CDC recommended that all pregnant and breastfeeding women receive the COVID-19 vaccine and the booster. “I don’t think getting the recall would be riskier per se,” Beninati said.

After many questions and initial hesitation, Ali is confident in her decision to get the vaccine. “I think it’s important to do this for my baby, for the patients I care for, my immunocompromised son,” said Ali Peaslee.

The data that led to the CDC’s recommendations for pregnant and breastfeeding women to be vaccinated against COVID-19 comes from several studies and surveillance systems throughout the past year.

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