Pregnant women excluded from vaccine trials — still, health experts encourage vaccination in frontline workers
As the first round of COVID-19 vaccines make their way to healthcare workers, issues with the vaccine follow.
One issue being the lack of studies including pregnant women.
According to a study by the CDC, women make up three-quarters of the healthcare workforce, 330,000 are estimated to be pregnant.
OB-GYN Department Chair for UTRGV's School of Medicine, Dr. Tony Ogburn said there is a long history of pregnant women being excluded from studies.
"Often times there's special populations that are considered, you know, high risk or unknown risk in a lot of studies," Dr. Ogburn said. "Pregnant women are on that list typically whether it's medication trials, vaccination trials, they frequently are left out."
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