One-on-One with Dr. Pam Jordi
When Dr. Pam Jordi discusses potential COVID-19 vaccinations with her pregnant patients, she can offer a unique perspective as an OB-GYN as well as an expecting mother—she and her husband are expecting their second child this spring.
She empathizes with expectant mothers and is happy to share her own experience. Dr. Jordi opted to receive the vaccination, getting both doses in January with little to no side effects.
“When looking at the risks and benefits of the vaccine versus the risks of actually getting COVID, it was a higher risk for me to not get vaccinated. Since I can’t work from home, I am at a greater risk of getting COVID,” she said. “Most of our patients are asking about it and want to hear the latest information from their OB. What we know is that many pregnant women have been vaccinated already and have done well with it, and we aren’t seeing increased risks, beyond some possible fever and aches and pains. These symptoms may be uncomfortable but they are not harmful.”
She adds, pregnant women who choose to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can take Tylenol as discussed with their doctor to ease discomfort and other potential side effects.
Clinic Sofia continues to follow the latest guidance from the CDC, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society for Fetal-Maternal Medicine and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices which all advise that pregnant women may be vaccinated.
“It’s important to look at the risk for yourself. Can you isolate and work from home or do you have a job that puts you at greater risk for exposure?” Dr. Jordi added. “We do know that pregnancy puts you in a higher risk category for COVID, including issues such as high blood pressure, early delivery or miscarriage, and increased risk of hospitalization. If you would otherwise get the vaccine but have concerns, you may want to discuss the pros and cons with your doctor.”