First Lady Frances Wolf and the acting general practitioner, Dra. Denise Johnson, led a discussion on COVID-19 vaccines and reproductive health during a Facebook Live event hosted by the Pennsylvania Women’s Commission. The event, titled Vax Facts for Pregnancy and Reproductive Health, is the second in a series designed to provide relevant and accurate information about COVID-19 vaccines and address questions from affected citizens.
The full event is available at https://www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaGov. To see the event with Spanish subtitles, visit the Facebook page of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Latin Affairs.
“It was announced yesterday that 70% of adults in Pennsylvania have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and that is a big milestone,” First Lady Wolf said. “If we continue to hold conversations like this in which we provide credible information directly to Pennsylvanians, addressing their concerns such as fertility and reproductive health, we will become stronger in protecting ourselves and others from COVID-19. with the facts and listening to our medical professionals, we equip ourselves with the education to make the best decisions for our health and the health of our families. ”
The First Lady and Dr. Johnson teamed up with medical professionals versed in reproductive health, women’s health, and pregnancy and fertility, to answer questions from Pennsylvanians. The panel included:
- Catherine Domanska Elliott, BSN, MSN, RN, Lancaster Female Health Nurse with Maternal Fetal Medicine,
- Natalie Crouse, NP-C MSN, Adagio Health’s Chief Clinical Operations Director, i
- Samantha Butts, head of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility division at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health.
Because thousands of pregnant women have already received COVID-19 vaccines, no problems have been reported. However, pregnant women have a higher risk of COVID and the benefits of vaccines outweigh the risk of contracting the virus.
Dr. Johnson reassured Pennsylvanians who might doubt vaccines are safe and effective, including pregnant women.
“COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, even for people who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant,” Dr. Johnson said. “These vaccines have gone through extensive protocols to be authorized under an emergency use authorization and will continue to be monitored to ensure they are safe and effective. It is important that we continue to obtain important information about vaccines from all Pennsylvania people, because good information leads to good decisions. All people who choose to vaccinate us take us one step further than overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic. “
In addition, Dra. Samantha Butts stated: “Current data support that the available COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective and safe for people trying to get pregnant to prevent serious illnesses associated with COVID-19 infection. So far, the evidence does not show that COVID-19 vaccines negatively affect the fertility of women or men.
Women’s Health nurse practitioner Catherine Domanska-Elliott reiterated the importance of directing Pennsylvania residents and all individuals to reliable sources for information on COVID vaccines.
“Right now, access to vaccines is not the barrier; access to bad information is, “he said.” Patients have doubts and questions and, as medical professionals, we make sure we offer education so that they can make the best decisions for themselves. “
Natalie Crouse reaffirmed her commitment to ensuring that women have access to adequate information and care. “Adagio Health has prioritized the health and safety of our front-line staff and patients during these unpredictable times,” he said. “We value our role in providing medical, nutritional and educational services to vulnerable populations and are now using this relationship to help connect members of these communities to Pfizer and Modern COVID-19 vaccines. We applaud and support the work of the First Lady Frances Wolf and the acting general practitioner, Dr. Denise Johnson, and I look forward to being a proactive voice for vaccination in the Commission on Women. “
The conversation acknowledged the vaccination of the vaccine among women of childbearing age, as well as men, while highlighting evidence that the vaccine is safe. The group also pointed to reliable sources of information and echoed the importance of seeking guidance from credible medical professionals.
Every Thursday, Vax Facts roundtables will continue to delve into issues surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine, specifically highlighting the vaccine’s hesitation and the communities most affected. The next conversation, co-moderated by Second Lady Gisele Fetterman and Dr. Johnson, it will take place Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 12 noon and will focus on vaccine-related issues related to immigrant communities. You can find more details about today’s event, including the full video and information about the panelists on Facebook.
This conversation will be available on PAcast.