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Chigozie Mason (PharmD, ’06) has a lot to be excited about. Not only is she and her husband expecting their third child, but she has also learned that the CDC is clearing her and other pregnant women for the COVID vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna.
The CDC’s announcement, first reported by CNN last month, made Mason a happy mom and mom-to-be.
Mason was featured in a story on Memphis’ WMC-TV about vaccines being safe for pregnant women. WMC reported that Mason had called the time in the doctor’s office “nerve wracking … just because of the number of people. There are a lot of pregnant women walking around right now. So that was a little stressful.”
CNN reported in April about a study conducted by the CDC. The study included data from over 35,000 pregnant women from December 2020 through February 2021. Pregnant women who received the COVID-19 vaccine reported more frequent pain at the injection site, but headaches, muscle aches, chills and fever were not as frequent. More studies are needed in order to determine long-term effects. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Mason admitted to WMC that she was hesitant to get the vaccine because of her pregnancy. She received her shot during the third trimester of her pregnancy. The CDC said more evidence is needed when it comes to women who are in earlier stages of their pregnancies.