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

Continuing Education Credits expired for this activity on October 31, 2023. We encourage you to fill out the evaluation as your responses help us to plan future programs.