Latest CDC COVID-19 Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

New CDC Data: COVID-19 Vaccination Safe for Pregnant People and COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding were posted August 11, 2021.  This is great news which should allay the concerns of many women who are planning to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

“CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.”

new CDC analysis of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy and did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population.

Previously, data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies. Combined, these data and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks.

Clinicians have seen the number of pregnant people infected with COVID-19 rise in the past several weeks.  The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant people, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people make vaccination for this population more urgent than ever.

Use the 2nd hyperlink in the first paragraph of this blog to access this information:

Please share this news with your staff, colleagues, families and friends as it should help promote and increase COVID vaccinations for individuals that are still hesitant.  Follow the science and save lives!

The Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination website was also updated August 11, 2021.

Utilize these resources to provide accurate information to staff, families and friends that are still hesitant about COVID vaccination.     

COVID-19 Forecasts: Deaths was updated August 11, 2021.

Interpretation of Forecasts of New and Total Deaths

  • This week, ensemble forecasts of new reported COVID-19 deaths over the next 4 weeks included forecasts from 30 modeling groups, each of which contributed a forecast for new or total deaths for at least one jurisdiction.
  • This week’s national ensemble predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths will likely increase over the next 4 weeks, with 3,300 to 12,600 new deaths likely reported in the week ending September 4, 2021. The national ensemble predicts that a total of 630,000 to 662,000 COVID-19 deaths will be reported by this date.
  • The state- and territory-level ensemble forecasts predict that over the next 4 weeks, the number of newly reported deaths per week will likely increase in 28 jurisdictions, which are indicated in the forecast plots below. Trends in numbers of future reported deaths are uncertain or predicted to remain stable in the other states and territories.

Also updated was COVID-19 Forecasts: Cases.

Interpretation of Forecasts of New Cases

  • This week, ensemble forecasts of new reported COVID-19 cases over the next 4 weeks included forecasts from 25 modeling groups, each of which contributed a forecast for at least one jurisdiction.
  • This week’s national ensemble predicts 550,000 to 2,340,000 new cases likely reported in the week ending September 4, 2021.
  • Over the last several weeks, more reported cases have fallen outside of the forecasted prediction intervals than expected. This suggests that current forecast prediction intervals may not capture the full range of uncertainty. Because of this, case forecasts for the coming weeks should be interpreted with caution.

Access the many charts and graphs available on these websites for more detailed information.

Selected Adverse Events Reported after COVID-19 Vaccination was updated August 12, 2021.