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Obstetrician groups recommend COVID vaccine during pregnancy

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Two obstetricians' groups are now recommending COVID-19 shots for all pregnant women, citing concerns over rising cases and low vaccination rates.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine said vaccinations in tens of thousands of pregnant women have shown the shots are safe and effective.

COVID-19 during pregnancy increases risks for severe complications and can also increase chances for preterm birth.

U.S. data show only about 16% of pregnant women have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

The two groups had previously said pregnant women shouldn't be excluded from vaccination but stopped short of endorsing the shots.