Pregnant People Haven’t Been Part of Vaccine Trials. Should They Get the Vaccine?
As the world holds its breath and waits for the start of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, there is a looming question about the apparent exclusion of pregnant women in vaccine trials. Pregnant women have been found to be at an increased risk of contracting severe forms of COVID-19. According to Denise Jamieson, the chair of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, enrolling pregnant women complicates trials because the researchers have to concerned about both the woman’s health as well as the development of the fetus. Studies involving pregnant women are expected to commence during the first quarter of 2021, but until then the decision to get vaccinated will come down to a conversation between a pregnant woman and her health care provider. Read the full article here