ACNM, ACOG, ASRM, AWHONN, NPWH, SMFM, and SOGH have released a joint statement to encourage health workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, public health measures such as physical distancing, masking, hand hygiene, and appropriate personal protective equipment for healthcare personnel have proven critical in minimizing the spread of existing COVID-19 infection. Vaccination is the key to preventing new infections and is an important next step to combatting the COVID-19 pandemic and saving lives.
“Frontline health workers are encouraged to be vaccinated, to learn the safety profile of approved vaccines, and to inspire vaccine confidence among their communities,” said Judette Louis, MD, MPH, President of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. “In addition to affording significant individual-level protection, keeping healthcare workers safe protects the workforce so we can continue to provide care to those who are sick with COVID-19 or other illnesses. By preventing the COVID-19 infections, vaccination also helps prevent healthcare workers from spreading COVID-19 infection to patients and other healthcare workers.”