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Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the leading organization in obstetric care, recommended that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant people are at an increased risk for death and complications from COVID-19. Yet, only about 22% of pregnant individuals have received one or more doses of the vaccine.
Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement in response:
"We are not out of the woods yet. The COVID-19 public health crisis is far from over. NWA supports ACOG's recommendation that pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19. As the Delta variant continues to spread, public health organizations remain vigilant in prioritizing the safety of all Americans. Last week, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra renewed the public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 through mid-October. This action continues critical WIC waiver flexibilities through mid-November, ensuring the safety of WIC staff and families from COVID-19.
"The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and the most protective measure against COVID-19. Science is still emerging regarding how long the protective effects of the vaccine will last. The National WIC Association stands behind this new guidance from ACOG, to protect mothers and babies as this pandemic continues."