Public health officials encourage new, expecting parents to get COVID-19 vaccines

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Los Angeles County officials are warning pregnant people to seriously consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. On Oct. 12, 2021, Public health experts said pregnant patients account for more than 13,000 cases and at least a dozen deaths since pandemic began. Photo credit Getty Images

Los Angeles County officials are warning pregnant people to seriously consider getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Public health experts say pregnant patients account for more than 13,000 cases and at least a dozen deaths since pandemic began.

Of pregnant women who tested positive for the virus, the Department of Public Health said 76% are Latina/Latinx, 11% are White, 5% are African American/Black and 5% are Asian.

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“Although rare, women infected during their pregnancy can pass the virus to their newborn,” the department said. “Among the 12,919 births where there was testing information, 63 infants tested positive for COVID-19.”