PHOTOS: UPMC Magee Holds Vaccine Clinic For Pregnant People
UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for pregnant people on Wednesday, one of the few clinics of its kind in the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant people who contract COVID-19 are more likely to be hospitalized and require intensive care, placing them in the 1A vaccine phase as high-risk individuals in Pennsylvania.
Dr. Hyagriv Simhan, executive vice chair of obstetrics in the OB-GYN Department, said the clinic has provided a lot of relief to patients who’ve already been dealing with the disruptions of the pandemic, along with the added stresses of pregnancy.
“The pandemic has been a time of tremendous stress for pregnant women. I’ve seen that with hundreds of patients, and it’s really palpable,” Simhan said, “This is one step towards prevention, one step towards becoming more normal again as a society, and pregnant women deserve to enjoy that as well.”
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