Alaska Women's Health Announces All Providers Now Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The practice is a leading center for obstetric and gynecological care in Anchorage. In this historic move, the providers chose to set an example for patients as they have been fielding many questions about the safety of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for new and expectant mothers.
Among the providers lining up to receive the shots was Dr. Sylvia Moses, who was pregnant while caring for patients during the pandemic and received the vaccine while breastfeeding.
Safety trials for these drugs did not include pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Maternal and Fetal Medicine have all indicated their support for women who choose to receive the shots. It comes down to individual choice.
"We as a practice tell our patients that vaccination is always an individual decision, however, we definitely recommend the COVID vaccine," said managing partner Dr. Amanda Beery.
"We're very aware that none of the vaccines were studied in pregnant or lactating women, and we wish they were. What we do know is that any risks associated with the vaccine are theoretical, whereas the risks of coronavirus are very real indeed. Pregnant women are in danger of having severe outcomes.
"Our hope is that people will look to their doctors when making decisions about their own health."
The vaccines are administered in a course of two shots over a specific timeframe. Dr. Beery said it's important to think through the decision, even for people who are not yet eligible to receive them, as scheduling the shots with the right amount of time in between requires some advanced planning.
"When facing the question of whether to be vaccinated or not, every patient has to weigh the risks and benefits for herself and her family," said Dr. Beery. "Don't hesitate to use us as a resource if you have questions about your pregnancy and COVID-19. We are always here to help."
On top of the vaccines, Alaska Women's Health is following all CDC recommendations to protect patients, implementing measures such as social distancing and personal protective equipment.
The team also wishes to thank those who are administering the vaccines, because their work is directly helping many Alaskans become safer and more confident in going about their daily lives.
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