At this point it’s hard to know what will motivate people to get vaccinated. One couple I know got vaccinated when their baby sitter gave them an ultimatum. The first summary has to do with the risk of Covid 19 to pregnant women. I think that would be a strong motivator. The second two summaries have to do with side effects. The long term side effects of Covid 19 and the short term side effects of a third vaccine dose. On the latter, I was surprised by the high percentage of side effects, but injection site soreness was one of the ones listed and almost everyone I know had a sore arm.
CDC calls for more COVID-19 vaccinations among pregnant people
The New York Times (9/29, Rabin) reports, “In an urgent plea on Wednesday, federal health officials asked that any American who is pregnant, planning to become pregnant or currently breastfeeding get vaccinated against the coronavirus as soon as possible.” COVID-19 “poses a severe risk during pregnancy, when an individual’s immune system is tamped down, and raises the risk of stillbirth or another poor outcome, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Reuters (9/29, Mishra) reports, “The CDC said its data showed only 31% of pregnant people have been vaccinated against COVID-19,” and “although more pregnant women are now vaccinated, the CDC said uptake of vaccines for pregnant women has been lower compared to the general population.”
CNN (9/29, Fox) reports that in a health alert, the CDC said, “As of September 27, 2021, more than 125,000 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in pregnant people, including more than 22,000 hospitalized cases and 161 deaths.”
At least one long-term symptom found in 37% of patients with COVID-19, study shows
Reuters (9/29, Rudra) reports, “At least one long-term COVID-19 symptom was found in 37% of patients three to six months after they were infected by the virus, a large study from Oxford University and the National Institute for Health Research showed on Wednesday.” The symptoms most commonly found “included breathing problems, fatigue, pain and anxiety, Oxford University said, after investigating symptoms in over 270,000 people recovering from COVID-19.”
The Hill (9/29, Coleman) reports, “The University of Oxford and the National Institute for Health Research-Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre determined that long COVID-19 symptoms were more common among people who were hospitalized and slightly more frequent among women.” Additionally, “older people and men were more likely to report breathing difficulties and cognitive problems in the study, while younger people and women documented more headaches, abdominal symptoms and anxiety and depression.
Third Dose Of Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Has Similar Side Effects To Second Dose, CDC Survey Indicates
The New York Times (9/28, Mueller) reports that “Americans who received a third dose of a coronavirus vaccine in recent weeks reported side effects at roughly the same rates as they had after their second shots, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Tuesday.” Adverse events “at the injection site, like pain or swelling, were reported by 79.4 percent of recipients after a third vaccine dose, compared with 77.6 percent after a second dose.” Meanwhile, “74.1 percent of people reported” a fever or headache “after dose three, compared with 76.5 percent after dose two.” The survey participants received the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.
The Hill (9/28, Sullivan) reports, “The data are based on reports from 12,591 people who got a third shot starting in August, after the Food and Drug Administration authorized booster shots for immunocompromised people.”