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2021 National Minority Health Month

#VaccineReady

This year, the focus for the Office of Minority Health's (OMH) National Minority Health Month (NMHM) is on the impacts that COVID-19 is having on racial and ethnic minority communities and underscoring the need for these vulnerable communities to get vaccinated. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), certain vulnerable populations have a higher likelihood of forgoing getting vaccinated.

As part of WIC's role as an adjunct to good health care during critical times of growth and development, WIC staff can share up-to-date information with WIC moms and their families.

Using the NMHM resources, WIC staff can encourage WIC families to:

 

Pregnancy and the COVID-19 Vaccine

There is currently no evidence that antibodies formed from COVID-19 vaccination cause any problem with pregnancy, including the placenta. Those who are pregnant and have concerns should talk with their healthcare provider. Learn more at vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  

 

Breastfeeding and the COVID-19 Vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccines authorized now are non-replicating vaccines, meaning they're able to create an immune response but do not reproduce inside host cells. Because non-replicating vaccines pose no risk for lactating people or their infants, COVID-19 vaccines are also thought to not be a risk to the breastfeeding infant. Therefore, lactating people may choose to be vaccinated.

Those who are breastfeeding and have concerns about getting vaccinated should talk with their healthcare provider. Learn more at vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  

 

Related Materials from OMH

 

Other Minority Health Resources 

CDC's Minority Health page offers:

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