AAIP COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant Women and Children
Promoting Vaccines for Children and Pregnant Women
Both children – 5 to 11 – and teens – 12 to 17 – are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and AAIP recommends mothers and parents immediately schedule vaccinations to protect American Indian and Native Alaska children and their communities.
In the words of Dr. Mary Owen, Tlingit – AAIP president and executive director of the Center of American Indian and Minority Health at the University of Minnesota – “…get it done now. It’s safe.”
AAIP also supports vaccinations for pregnant women.
For both children, teens and pregnant women, remember, vaccines are:
Safe – Dr. Mary Owen calls vaccine research for children “extremely safe”. Significant research occurred before the CDC recommended vaccination for children and “no serious safety concerns” were identified. CDC data shows vaccines are also safe for pregnant women.
Effective – Even if a child or teen gets sick, vaccination can help keep them from serious illness. For pregnant women, the CDC reports COVID-19 vaccines can prevent “serious illness, death and pregnancy complications.”
Available – Contact your local Indian Health Service Clinic, pharmacy, your doctor or your child’s pediatrician to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine.
Statistics for Children & Teens:
- There are approximately 28 million children ages 5 to 11 in the United States. About 2 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in this age group.
- 17% of children ages 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated as of January 11, 2022.
- 54% of teens ages 12 to 17 are fully vaccinated as of January 11, 2022.
- As of mid-October 2021, children ages 5 to 11 have experienced more than 8300 COVID-19 hospitalizations and 100 deaths from the COVID-19 virus.
- COVID-19 ranks as one of the top 10 causes of death for children ages 5 through 11 years.
Statistics for Pregnant Women:
- About 1 to 3 per 1,000 pregnant women with COVID-19 will develop severe disease. (July 30, 2021)
- Compared with those who aren’t pregnant, pregnant women infected by the COVID-19 virus are…(July 30, 2021)
- Three times more likely to need ICU care
- Two to three times more likely to need advanced life support and a breathing tube
- Have a small increased risk of dying due to COVID-19
- As of November 27, 2021, 35% of pregnant women were fully vaccinated compared to 62.9% of the total population.
Resources and Trending Topics for Children & Teens
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
- Mayo Clinic
- Associated Press
- Indian Country Today: Digital Indigenous News
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine
- MotherToBaby (service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) – the “nation’s leading authority and most trusted source of evidence-based information on the safety of medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding”.