Alberta Health Services (AHS) is urging those who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or have recently delivered, to get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
In a statement, AHS said COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, is highly infectious and pregnant individuals are at a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.
In August alone, six pregnant Albertans were admitted to ICU due to COVID-19. All were un-immunized. In comparison, only seven pregnant Albertans were admitted to ICU for COVID-19 during the entire first year of the pandemic from March 2020 to March 2021. In the six cases last month, COVID-19 had severe impacts on the parent’s health, as well as the child’s. Five preterm births occurred as early as 29 weeks.
The COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant individuals and their babies, as well as those trying to become pregnant. It is much safer to get the vaccine than to get COVID-19 disease, AHS emphasizes. The mRNA vaccines are the safest type of COVID-19 vaccine to get during pregnancy. Women can get the vaccine at any time (any trimester) during pregnancy.
Pregnant women are encouraged to speak with a healthcare provider with questions or concerns.
For more information, visit: ahs.ca/vaccinepregnancy.