DOSE, AND ARE WAITING ON THEIR SECOND. 148,000 IOWANS HAVE RECEIVED BOTH DOSES. ALYX: SOON-TO-BE MOMS SHOULD GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE. THAT IS ACCORDING TO ONE DOCTOR AT MERCY ONE. NEW THIS MORNING, KCCI’S TOMMIE CLARK TELLS US THE REASONING BEHIND THIS GUIDANCE. TOMMIE: DR. NIEL MANDSAGER, ALONG WITH MANY OTHER EXPERTS, STRONGLY ENCOURAGE PREGNANT WOMEN TO GET THE VACCINE, WHEN THEIR TIME COMES. HE SAYS THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THE THREAT TO PREGNANT WOMEN FROM COVID-19, IS MUCH GREATER THAN ANY RISK RELATED TO THE VACCINE. WHILE AT HIS OFFICE, I SPOKE WITH A FIRST TIME MOM, WHO RECENTLY RECEIVED THE COVID-19 VACCINE. MIRANDA HURLOCKER IS 32 WEEKS PREGNANT. THE LABOR AND DELIVERY NURSE SAYS SHE SPENT TIME CONDUCTING HER OWN RESEARCH BEFORE GETTING VACCINATED. SHE SAYS, SO FAR, THE ONLY SIDE EFFECT FROM THE PFIZER VACCINE SHE’S FELT WAS A SHORT-LIVED ACHE IN HER SHOULDER. I FELT LIKE IF I WERE ACTUALLY TO GET COVID, COMPARED TO THE VACCINE, THAT THINGS COULD POTENTIALLY BE WORSE IF I GOT COVID, SO THAT’S WHY THE VACCINE WAS MORE A SAFE CHOICE FOR ME PERSONALLY. TOMMIE: RIGHT NOW, PFIZER IS STARTING A NEW TRIAL TO SEE IF THE VACCINE IS SAFE FOR PREGNANT WOMEN. DR. MANDSAGER SAYS THAT WILL HELP, AND HOPEFULLY PROVE THAT THE VACCINE IS EFFECTIVE, WHILE ALSO REVEALING IF THERE ARE ANY NEGATI
Doctors encourage pregnant women to get COVID-19 vaccine
Soon-to-be moms should get the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s according to Perinatologist Dr. Niel Mandsager at MercyOne.Mandsager, along with many other experts, strongly encourages pregnant women to get the vaccine when their time comes.He says the bottom line is that the risk to the pregnant woman from the COVID-19 infection is much greater than any risks related to the vaccine.”It’s our opinion and the opinion of many experts in this field that the risk to the pregnant woman from the infection is much greater than any small risk related to the vaccine,” Mandsager said.While at his office, first-time mom Miranda Hurlocker said she recently received the COVID-19 vaccine.Hurlocker is 32 weeks pregnant. The labor and delivery nurse said she spent time conducting her own research before getting vaccinated. She says, so far, the only side effect from the Pfizer vaccine she’s felt was a short-lived ache in her shoulder.”I felt like if I were to actually get COVID, compared to the vaccine, that things could potentially be worse if I got COVID, so that’s why the vaccine was more a safe choice for me personally,” Hurlocker said.Pfizer is starting a new trial to see if the vaccine is safe for pregnant woman. Mandsager said that will help, and hopefully prove that the vaccine is effective, while also revealing if there are any negative effects.Find out how to get vaccinated in Iowa here.
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