Governor John Bel Edwards announced that a new group of people will have access to the vaccine, that group included pregnant women. John Storment the medical director of fertility answers says he is encouraging all of his patients to take the mRNA vaccine.
“I have a lot of patients that are nurses who are on the front lines and they have a huge exposure. Most of my patients who are nurses have accepted it, and they've gone on. A lot of patients who are nurses have been reluctant and are scared especially if there in early pregnancy or if there newly pregnant”
There are many conversations that Dr. Storment is having with his patients leads to numerous questions.
“One of the concerns earlier was that they felt like there were some rumors that the vaccines were going to attack their placenta and be harmful because the placenta has spike proteins and the virus has spike proteins entirely different, entire different DNA sequence so just because one has something called spike protein doesn't mean it's going to affect the percentage, matter fact we know that it does not affect the placenta”
There is also a high level of anxiety, but Dr. Storment hopes that the new vaccine will help ease the pain off of some patients.
“if I can alleviate some of their anxiety and ask them to maybe stay off of googling everything and just be safe and have common sense, that is going to make them a little bit less anxious and hopefully have a healthier time and a maybe a happier pregnancy”
Vaccination eligibility will expand to new groups of people starting February 22nd.