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Black pregnant people least likely to get vaccinated, most at risk for COVID-19

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an urgent health advisory to increase vaccination among pregnant people. The agency is asking pregnant, recently pregnant and those who may one day become pregnant to get vaccinated now.

The CDC said more than 125,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in pregnant people. More than 22,000 of them have been hospitalized and 161 have died.

August was the worst month for COVID-19 related deaths in pregnant people. Almost all, 97 percent, of hospitalized pregnant people were unvaccinated according to the CDC.

“Pregnancy can be both a special time and also a stressful time – and pregnancy during a pandemic is an added concern for families,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. “I strongly encourage those who are pregnant or considering pregnancy to talk with their healthcare provider about the protective benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine to keep their babies and themselves safe.”

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