COVID-19 Vaccines for Black Birthing People

Originally presented on October 6, 2022


Among those that are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 are unvaccinated pregnant people. As of July 19, 2022, there have been 225,656 documented cases of pregnant people in the United States with COVID-19 as reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).1 As of September 19, 2022, CDC vaccination data shows that 71.1% of pregnant people 18-49 years old have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.2 Vaccination rates were lowest among Non-Hispanic Blacks and Non-Hispanic Whites.2 As of September 19, 2022, the percent of pregnant people (18-49 years old) fully vaccinated remains lowest among Non-Hispanic Blacks (58%).2 As of September 19, 2022, among the overall percentage of pregnant people who obtained a booster before or during pregnancy (59.6%), the rates are lowest among Non-Hispanic Blacks (42.2%).2 
COVID-19 vaccination rates are low, and disparities exist among the perinatal population, especially among Non-Hispanic Blacks and Non-Hispanic Whites. This webinar will promote COVID-19 vaccination rates for Black Birthing People and populations disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 by identifying and discussing the barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in practice, understanding the rates and data by race/ethnicity, recognizing effective communication methods to address vaccine hesitancy, and identifying sources of resource information for promotion of COVID 19 vaccination.

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Target Audience

Health care providers that care for pregnant and postpartum individuals, including physicians, nurses, emergency response, midwives, hospital staff and administration.



COVID-19 Vaccines for Black Birthing People


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Marilyn Kacica, MD, MPH
Executive Director at the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative, and Medical Director at the Division of Family Health, New York State Department of Health

Cecília Tomori, PhD
Associate Professor and Director of Global Public Health and Community Health at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing

Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, CPE, FACOG
Chair at Downstate Health Sciences University (DHSU) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tenured Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at DHSU College of Medicine, Interim Fellowship Director of Gynecologic Oncology, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at DHSU School of Public Health

Garfield Clunie, MD
President of the National Medical Association (NMA), and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Learning Outcome and Objectives

As a result of this educational activity, the learner will have increased and enhanced their knowledge and competence on improving COVID-19 vaccination rates for people in the perinatal period with an emphasis on Black Birthing people and those disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

After watching this webinar participants will be able to: 

  • Examine the results from the COVID-19 Current Practices Survey for perinatal providers with an emphasis on identifying barriers to COVID-19 vaccination in practice. 
  • Compare and contrast the rates of COVID-19 disease and COVID-19 vaccination by race/ethnicity among people in the perinatal period.
  • Discuss barriers to COVID-19 vaccination among Black Birthing People and pregnant people disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with a focus on the effects of systemic racism.
  • Recognize effective communication methods and approaches to address vaccine hesitancy that can be utilized in clinical practice.
  • Identify sources of resource information for promotion of COVID 19 vaccination.
Activity Materials
Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate
Continuing Education Credits

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Each participant interested in CE credits must watch the activity, complete an evaluation and post-test, which is available above under "Evaluation, Post-Test and Certificate". A score of 80% and above on the post-test will generate a certificate indicating the requested credits.

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Disclosure Statements

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any ineligible companies whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity. 


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The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until October 31, 2023


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University at Albany School of Public Health is approved with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.25 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2023.


Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®) to receive up to 1.25 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.25. Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2023.


Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, an approved provider of CPH Renewal Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

This offering is approved for 2.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until October 31, 2023.