CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get COVID Vaccine. The CDC today issued updated guidance recommending that people who are pregnant be vaccinated against COVID-19. In the guidance, the CDC says: “COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, lactating, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Any of the currently FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines can be administered to people in these groups…A growing body of evidence on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination – in both animal and human studies – indicates that the benefits of vaccination outweigh any known or potential risks of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.” The guidance notes that pregnant and recently pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk for severe illness when compared with non-pregnant people. Severe illness includes illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care unit admission, mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation; or illness that results in death, although the absolute risk for these outcomes is low. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 are at increased risk for preterm birth and might be at increased risk for other adverse pregnancy complications and outcomes, such as preeclampsia, coagulopathy, and stillbirth.