The county reports the first death from the Corona virus for an unvaccinated pregnant woman
An unvaccinated woman who died earlier this week was the first pregnant woman in San Diego to die of COVID-19, county Health and Human Services Agency announced Friday.
The woman died this week after being taken to hospital, as did her unborn child. Her age and other details of her death and pregnancy have not been reported to protect her family’s privacy.
“This is a very unfortunate death, and my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Sima Shah, medical director of HHSA’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch. “Being infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy puts you at a higher risk of serious complications and death.
“We urge any pregnant and unvaccinated woman to get vaccinated to protect herself and her children,” Shah said.
Dr. Joanna Adamsack, maternity-fetal specialist and chief medical officer at Sharp Marie Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, called the news “heartbreaking and tragic” and echoed the medical advice.
“We, as health care providers, urgently encourage anyone who is pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, to get the vaccine. It provides important protection for both mother and baby.”
On Wednesday, the Syrian Health Authority issued a health alert to the local medical community alerting them to the increase in cases and hospitalizations of unvaccinated pregnant women, and urging them to urge their patients to be vaccinated.
From June 1 through September 30, there were 253 laboratory-confirmed cases among pregnant women, including 203 among those who were not fully vaccinated – compared to 50 who were fully vaccinated. Of the 253, a total of 31 were required for hospitalization; 30 of those admitted to hospital were not fully vaccinated.
Completely unvaccinated is defined as not having been vaccinated or having received only one dose of the COVID-19, Moderna or Pfizer vaccines. A “full vaccination” is defined as the 14-day removal of a second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In late September, it was US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention It issued health advice that strongly recommends that people be vaccinated against COVID-19 either before, during or after pregnancy “including those who are breastfeeding” because the benefits of vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women who develop symptoms of COVID-19 and develop symptoms “have a low risk of admission to intensive care and a 70% increased risk of death.”