My husband is a doctor. Here’s Why I Don’t Get a COVID Shot
I have degrees in health policy and bioethics. I have worked for the US Food and Drug Administration. My husband is a doctor in the US Navy. Our children are up to date on all their vaccinations according to the schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics. While we tend to be somewhat “crunchy” with our food choices and household products, we’ve generally embraced modern medicine as a good thing.
As a physician, my husband was part of the “first class” eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and got the vaccinations in February. By the time the powers that be in California (where we are based) considered vaccines available to my “class,” I found out I was newly pregnant.
With miscarriages lasting eight weeks in the past, there was no way to get vaccinated early with a shot still under emergency use authorization and that was frankly Not Tested on pregnant women, no matter what the experts said (which, at the time, was confusing advice at best, with somewhat different recommendations from the World Health Organization, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration).
At first, it seemed that the Johnson-Johnson vaccine might be the best option for pregnant women, given that it is one of the traditionalists Serum. Until the blood clot fear of course, which I bet I would immediately remove many pregnant women, myself included, from the smell. After all, we’re already at an increased risk for blood clots just because of pregnancy. In addition, it is a file less effective from the group. As a pregnant mother, will you face these risks – however small – for a second-tier product? I chose “no”.
Despite the lack of consensus on new, peer-reviewed clinical data on pregnant women and the vaccine, it appears that all of the major health authorities suddenly coalesced overnight from their confused opinions into a united front, and began urging pregnant women to get injection. In fact, data originating from various population-based databases has been (and still is) to encourage About vaccine safety during pregnancy, but anyone who knows anything about public health databases such as the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) also knows that their data should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Moreover, the health authorities that manage these databases and manage all our major health institutions do not urge pregnant “women” to be vaccinated, but rather “pregnant women”. That’s right, “people,” because as we are reminded time and time again by the country’s highest and best purported medical authorities, “women are not the only ones who can get pregnant, you know.”
These authorities who seem unable to accept the basics of human anatomy and biology are themselves in utter hysteria because of the Texas heartbeat law. They assured me that they would continue to fight for my “right” to dispose of the child within my womb, no matter what, no matter what the cost. They insist that she is just a human being worthy of protection from physical harm if and when she decides to – and is of course subject to change based on my individual situation and preferences until she is completely out of her womb (and As some may getNot until then).
So, if you want to know why, at about 30 weeks gestation and married to a fully vaccinated doctor, I have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, suffice it to say that I have determined that there is a possibility that our major health institutions may not have the best interest of my daughter who Not yet born. After all, they wouldn’t admit that she’s a human nor a girl at this point.
At the age of 30, with an uncomplicated pregnancy to date, no comorbidities, and a healthy pre-pregnancy BMI, I did a calculus that might outweigh the unknown vaccine risks to me and my daughter, the risks of a coronavirus infection. It’s a gamble – and I don’t have my heels so ideologically engraved that I wouldn’t change my mind about vaccination if I had a complication that would further impair my chances of surviving a COVID infection during pregnancy or after childbirth – but that’s where I currently stand.
In addition, the data about Low vaccination rates Among pregnant women indicates that there are many, many other mothers who made the same calculation.
Grace Emily Stark is the editor of Natural Femininity. Her writing has appeared in many outlets, and in 2019, she was awarded the Robert Novak Fellowship of the Alumni Fund for Journalism. Follow Grace’s writing at GraceEmilyStark.com.