Despite evidence of safety, vaccine rates in pregnant people continue to lag

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Vaccination rates among pregnant people continue to lag behind the national count. According to data from the CDC, only around 40% of pregnant people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, despite growing evidence that the vaccine is safe to get during pregnancy. What makes getting vaccinated such a hard decision for people who are expecting?

We take listener calls with two experts who have designed a training initiative to help medical professionals talk about the coronavirus vaccine with pregnant patients. Our guests are: Daniel Mullin, a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at UMass Chan Medical School who also directs the Center for Integrated Primary Care at UMass; and Dr. Stacy Potts, a physician specializing in family medicine with obstetrics and an associate professor of family medicine and community health at the UMass Chan Medical School.

This segment aired on January 27, 2022.


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