Should a Pregnant Patient Get Vaccinated? What about a Six-Year-Old? MCN’s Newest COVID-19 Resources Help Explain
Why should my six-year-old get vaccinated, if he's unlikely to get very ill with COVID-19? I don't want to get a new vaccine while I'm pregnant because I'm concerned for my baby. Why should I get vaccinated? These are valid questions that clinicians are facing daily – and as the virus has changed and data have been gathered, our answers have solidified.
It is critically important for pregnant people to get vaccinated, as many have fallen ill. Earlier in the pandemic, it was unclear how pregnant people and their fetuses would respond. Here’s what we now know:
- People who contract COVID-19 while pregnant are three times more likely to need ICU care.
- People who contract COVID-19 while pregnant are two to three times more likely to need advanced life support and a breathing tube.
- Over 139,000 pregnant people have received the vaccine – helping to demonstrate that the vaccines are safe and effective, and important to avoid severe illness and death.
- COVID-19 is presently the sixth largest killer of children in the US.
- Children can still spread the disease, which can infect older people who are more at risk for serious disease or death.
- Getting children vaccinated helps prevent outbreaks that cause school closures or disruptions.
These important messages are included in Migrant Clinicians Network's new COVID-19 vaccine flyers. These full-color trifold flyers help provide the basic information on COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people and for children to help clinicians as they talk with parents about the vaccine.
Access the new flyers on our website:
Pregnancy & the COVID-19 Vaccine:
Children & the COVID-19 Vaccine:
MCN’s COVID-19 Vaccine Resources are multilingual, customizable, and engaging.
MCN’s award-winning, regularly updated FAQ: The COVID-19 Vaccine and Migrant, Immigrant, and Food & Farm Worker Patients, is available in English and Spanish.
National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants (NRC-RIM) features numerous resources on COVID-19 vaccines including for children and pregnant people.
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