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

December 8, 2021 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Thank you for joining the National Healthy Start Association (NHSA) on Wednesday, December 8th for their “Equipping Frontline Staff to Encourage the COVID-19 Vaccine among Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women” webinar. To view the webinar recording, please click here

People who are pregnant are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as well as pregnancy complications such as preterm birth and stillbirth. For these reasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.

However, disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine is posing 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, data on morbidity and mortality during pregnancy due to COVID-19, as well as debunk myths that have circulated about the vaccine. The goal of this webinar is to equip frontline staff with accurate information regarding the vaccine so they can effectively encourage vaccination among their clients.

The presenters for this webinar were:

  • Haywood L. Brown, MD, NHSA Women’s Health Advisor; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology & Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida; Senior Vice President of Academic and Faculty Affairs, USF Health
  • Akilah Jefferson Shah, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Arkansas Research Institute





The Healthy Start EPIC Center is operated by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality. This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number 1 UF5MC327500100 titled Supporting Healthy Start Performance Project. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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