Pregnant Women

Another special population in Iowa includes pregnant women due to the increase risk of severe complications. Even when women are healthy, there are still concerns to complications of COVID-19 when pregnant (Howland, 2021). Many of these women are hesitant to get vaccinated against due to concerns about harming their baby as well as adverse effects. Additionally, some women may be relying on misinformation that is shared on social media or a variety of other platforms which increases the concerns with becoming vaccinated (Ramm, 2021). It is vital that women are provided accurate information and are able to discuss these concerns with health care providers in order to make educated decisions about becoming vaccinated against COVID-19.


Graph showing the vaccination rate across time, with the rate of vaccinations during pregnancy decreasing over time after the initial vaccine roleout

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. COVID Data Tracker. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2022, May 30. https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker.


Sources


Source: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, lactation, and planning pregnancy


Resources

Connect to end COVID-19, overlapping speech bubbles, social workers support informed vaccine decision making

Join NASW’s national Connect to End COVID-19 effort, a CDC-funded initiative to support social workers and their clients in informed vaccine decision-making. Complimentary webinars and CEUs available.

Learn about Connect to End COVID-19


In the News



Black couple sitting across from black professional taking notes

COVID-19 Resources

Social workers support informed decision making about important healthcare choices, provide health information from credible sources, and address mental and behavioral health concerns arising as a result of this public health crisis.

Get coronavirus resources