Physicians urge pregnant New Brunswickers to get COVID-19 vaccine
The New Brunswick Medical Society and Perinatal NB are advising pregnant individuals that they are four times more likely to be hospitalized if they contract COVID-19. Furthermore, 40 per cent of those hospitalized due to COVID-19 during pregnancy are admitted to an intensive care unit. COVID-19 can increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and stillbirth.
COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for all people 12 years and older including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant, or may become pregnant in the future.
Research clearly demonstrates that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe. No safety concerns were identified in a recent study of more than 35,000 pregnant individuals following vaccination. Additionally, there is no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems.
Physicians urge all eligible New Brunswickers, including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, to get vaccinated against COVID-19. This is the safest, most effective way of protecting yourself, your unborn child, your family and loved ones, and your community.
Dr. Mark MacMillan, FRCPC
President, New Brunswick Medical Society
Dr. Lynn Murphy-Kaulbeck
Medical Director, Perinatal NB