Sep 18, 2021 - Health

Mississippi reports rise in COVID-19 deaths among pregnant women

Thomas Dobbs, state health officer with the Mississippi State Department of Health, speaks during a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Dr. Thomas Dobbs speaks during a House Homeland Security Subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2020. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At least eight pregnant women in Mississippi, who weren't fully vaccinated, have died of COVID-19 since late July, CNN reports.

Why it matters: The eight pregnant women who have died from the virus more than doubles the state's pandemic total in just two months.

The big picture: Doctors recommend pregnant women get vaccinated due to the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that pregnant or breastfeeding women get vaccinated against COVID-19 because pregnant people face an increased risk of developing a severe illness from COVID-19.
  • The CDC said that COVID-19 deaths in pregnant women in the U.S. appear to have ticked up in August, per CNN. Nationally, 155 deaths of pregnant women with confirmed lab evidence of COVID-19 were reported since the start of the pandemic.
  • Only about 25.1% of pregnant women age 18 to 49 in the US had received at least one dose of a vaccine during pregnancy as of Sept. 17, according to the CDC.

What they're saying: "Please get vaccinated," Dr. Thomas Dobbs, the Mississippi's medical officer, said at one of two news conferences this month that addressed the topic. "You've got to protect yourself; you've got to protect your baby."

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