According to the CDC, pregnant women are at increased risk for severe illness and death from COVID, and only around 16% of pregnant women have had their first dose. Dr. Lauren Mann says the benefits of the vaccine for those pregnant, breastfeeding, or hoping to conceive outweigh the risks.
The Alabama Department of Public Health leaders said Alabama hospitals have been admitting significantly more COVID-19 patients recently, including patients who are younger, sicker and unvaccinated. As a result, emergency rooms are being overwhelmed.
Infectious disease experts with the Jefferson County Health Department said Missouri has a higher vaccinated population than Alabama and if hundreds of hospitalizations can happen there, it can happen here too.
In a push to vaccinate more communities of color, the White House said it partnered with the Black Coalition Against COVID, the University of Maryland Center for Health Equity and SheaMoisture to start "Shots at the Shop."