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Equipping Frontline Staff to Encourage the COVID-19 Vaccine among Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women

December 8, 2021

The Healthy Start TA & Support Center partnered with the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) and Rapid Response Virtual Home Visiting for this webinar about COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine poses a barrier to vaccine uptake among these specific groups of people. During this webinar, the presenters shared information on how vaccines work, the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine, how variants of the virus have different health implications, and data on morbidity and mortality during pregnancy due to COVID-19. They also debunked myths that have circulated about the vaccine. The goal of this webinar was to equip frontline staff with accurate information regarding the vaccine so they can effectively encourage vaccination among their clients.

Speakers:

Haywood L. Brown, MD, Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida

Akilah Jefferson Shah, MD, MSc, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences