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COVID-19 and its vaccine debates are a matter of reproductive justice. Google and Center for Disease Control (CDC) say: “If you are pregnant, you can choose to be vaccinated when it is available to you.”
Excellent – only it is next to a red warning sticker. Pregnant and new parents need the most reliable information available until genuine pharmaceutical trials on mamas and little children are complete. COVID-19 is more contagious and has one greater likelihood of complications for pregnant women. Being on a respirator, having a premature birth and being separated from your infant at birth are all real opportunities for a woman giving birth with COVID-19.
Blacks and native-born people have an increased awareness due to our general experiences with different outcomes in infant and maternal health. Now that the vaccine is so widely available in the United States, all my sister circles are talking about who got what shot.
We all want to live in a world without a pandemic; to crush covid it is incumbent upon us to take some form of action as a global family. COVID-19 will continue to mutate, and scientists will continue to make products to protect the population from uncontrollable viral spread. The COVID booster shots can work their way into your workplace, your children’s school and other places you visit. It is suggested that pregnant women talk to their doctor about their issues. To be honest, most people giving birth have made their decision before even asking a healthcare provider. For the black moms who do not yet know what to do with the COVID-19 vaccine, people are asking, “Why not?”
When we set personal boundaries, we have the bodily autonomy to choose our why- and our why not. Realistically, if you have received other vaccines in your life, this vaccine should be a drop in the bucket. Pregnant women are encouraged by their doctors to receive flu and T-DAP vaccines to protect their infants from other respiratory diseases, such as whooping cough. The risk of long-term COVID complications outweighs the discomfort of vaccine side effects and the fear of government chip control. The COVID-19 vaccine’s mRNA technology is sophisticated and “new” to us, but scientists have been funded to research its biological ability for over a decade.
Assess your own risk
The essential workers also give birth to human beings. Many pregnant and new parents are trying to return to their pre-pandemic earning potential. In both cases, we are outside and many of us have high contact with the public. They may want to protect themselves from infectious others, which is a big selfish reason to sign up for the vaccine. They want to be present and healthy for their families without incessantly worrying about dying or inadvertently killing others via COVID transmission.
The collective benefit of COVID-19 vaccination reduces the impact of asymptomatic spread on society and the economy. COVID-19 vaccines is 95 percent effective iceto prevent serious infections, which is very important for people who have a high contact career, people who grow their families and / or care for the elderly. One person less burdening your local hospital is a gain during this pandemic, especially if its downstream impact affects the quality of our hospital birth experiences.
Although the vaccine was developed rapidly, it has not skipped any steps in its development and safety guarantees, but it was led past the unnecessary bureaucratic bureaucracy that makes the FDA famously slow to other products. Pregnant women were not included in the trials because it is standard to exclude them. But like any other pharmaceutical experiment, people still have sex and get pregnant! The people giving birth in the trial who became pregnant experienced no adverse effect on themselves or the infant. In fact, the only one aborter that took place in the trial were of persons receiving the placebo injection. CDC, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) all say that the protective antibodies from the vaccine can pass to the infant through breastfeeding.
Again, the choice to vaccinate – or not – still requires you to mask, wash and distance yourself to protect your household from infection. Those who refuse to vaccinate can immerse themselves in holistic medicine, herbal remedies and under-investigated chemical compounds such as hydroxychloroquine. If you opt out of the shot, think about your long-term anti-wax strategy, for this virus can take a generation to overcome. Vaccinations are one of the only large-scale and effective public health methods to conquer a global disease. Options reinforce a critical barrier to the chain of disease transmission, for all.
Our physical longevity, the long-term well-being of our growing families and the prospect of enjoyable holiday gatherings this winter are all on the table. Regardless of your own chronic conditions, beliefs, religious or political motivations, reproductive justice will always support the human right to bodily autonomy and decision-making for ourselves and our families.
Please visit these following links and articles for more COVID-19 information for mothers and new parents.
Managing health issues during the COVID-19 pandemic – ACOG position statement
V-Safe Pregnancy Registry- ACOG
Study: COVID-19 vaccine is safe during pregnancy and may protect baby – National Public Radio (NPR)
Black Maternal Health Week- Black Mamas Matter Alliance
National Infertility Awareness Week
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