Why is there a high rate of vaccine hesitancy among pregnant people?

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Guest: Megan Ogilvie, Toronto Star health reporter

It’s well documented and well known now that pregnant people and their unborn babies are at significantly high risk due to COVID-19, with many requiring hospitalization and intensive care. Six months ago, COVID’s third wave in Ontario saw more pregnant people in ICU’s than both the previous waves combined. Now we are seeing similar tragedies play out in Alberta as the province grapples a devastating fourth wave. Babies are being delivered while pregnant patients are on ventilators.

This is why there was such the push and prioritization of vaccination for those who are pregnant. There is now global data proving that the vaccines have no risk for pregnant people and, in fact, could save lives. Yet, vaccine rates of pregnant people remain low in Ontario and vaccine hesitancy remains high. There are multiple reasons for that and they’re important to understand. Health reporter Megan Ogilvie joins “This Matters” to explain.

Vaccine rates of pregnant people remain low in Ontario and vaccine hesitancy remains high. There are multiple reasons for that and they’re important to understand.



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