Prioritizing Maternal Health Amid COVID-19:
Pregnant, Breastfeeding, Postpartum
Parents + COVID-19 Vaccines
In partnership, Hunger Free NYC, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, National Black Leadership Commission on Health is hosting this webinar to provide a safe space for pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum parents to have an open, honest conversation with trusted sources regarding the COVID-19 vaccines.
Chelsea Clinton will moderate this virtual webinar. Among the panelists, Dr. Ayman El- Mohandes, Dean of CUNY SPH, will speak with expertise as a pediatrician, with other speakers in obestetrics and gynecology, health communication, and community health work to be confirmed.
Community-based outreach for the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be an essential tool in making sure all people get vaccinated. Pregnant people remain one of the lowest vaccinated groups of individuals, with only 33 percent of pregnant people fully vaccinated as of October 2. Pregnant people of color have even lower rates of vaccination, with 28 percent of Hispanic pregnant people and only 17.4 percent of Black pregnant individuals vaccinated.
Dispelling myths about the COVID-19 vaccination and its impact on pregnancy is crucial to getting more people vaccinated, decreasing rates of coronavirus, and ensuring the safety of communities. New studies show that pregnant women who contract COVID-19 and have symptoms face risks of emergency complications with their pregnancies, while new data from the Centers for Disease Control show that the vaccine is safe for pregnant women and does not increase risk of miscarriage.
The organizations hosting the webinar are conducting COVID–19 vaccine outreach in New York City as part of a grant issued by the U.S. Department of Health. The New York Vaccine Literacy Campaign is supported by the New York Community Trust, the Altman Foundation, and the New York State Health Foundation.
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