COVID-19 Vaccination during the Perinatal Period

Originally presented on, March 10, 2022

Speakers:

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

Terri-Ann Bennett, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and Director of Recruitment, Retention, and Inclusion at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, NYU Langone Health

Kapru Htoo, MPH, CHES®
Health Program Coordinator at the New York State Perinatal Quality Collaborative, New York State Department of Health

According to the CDC, pregnant women are at significantly higher risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19 compared with nonpregnant women.1 From January 22, 2020, to February 7, 2022, 171,428 pregnant women had COVID-19 which resulted in 273 deaths in the US.2 Between the beginning of the pandemic and February 12, 2022, a total of 99,031,934 persons had been tested for COVID-19 in NYS, and 4,864,638 tested positive.3 Of the positive cases, 51.8% were female.3 Additionally, 67,779 individuals have died from COVID-19.4
COVID-19 vaccination rates are low and disparities exist among the perinatal population.

To ensure equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations to protect pregnant and postpartum people against severe outcomes from COVID-19, these disparities need to be addressed. This webinar will inform providers on equitable delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations and expand their knowledge about screening, counseling and provision of referral for COVID-19 vaccination among the perinatal population and their families.

Learning Outcome
As a result of this activity, the learner will expand their knowledge and competence for health counseling regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant and in the postpartum period, the process of getting vaccinated during pregnancy and postpartum, and providing COVID-19 vaccination resources for patients and providers.

Learning Objectives
After watching this webinart participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant and in the postpartum period.
  • Describe the process for getting vaccinated during pregnancy and postpartum. 
  • Locate COVID-19 vaccination resources for talking to patients about the vaccine and clinical guidance for providers.

Target Audience
Health care providers that care for pregnant and postpartum women, including: Physicians, nurses, emergency response, midwives, hospital staff and administration.


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


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.


Continuing Medical Education Credits

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 1.0 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 March 10, 2023.


Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

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 1.0 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until March 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 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0. Continuing Competency credits available are 1.0.  Provider ID# 99086.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 10, 2023.


Certified in Public Health

This event is sponsored by 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 1.0 Certified in Public Health Renewal Credits.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until March 10, 2023. 


  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020, November 5). Update: Characteristics of symptomatic women of reproductive age with laboratory-confirmed SARS-COV-2 infection by pregnancy status - United States, January 22–October 3, 2020. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6944e3.htm?s_cid=mm6944e3_w
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Data on COVID-19 during Pregnancy: Severity of Maternal Illness. Covid Data Tracker. Retrieved from https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#pregnant-population
  3. New York State Department of Health. COVID-19 Testing Tracker. New York State Department of Health COVID-19 Tracker. Retrieved from https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-testing-tracker?%3Aembed=yes&%3Atoolbar=no&%3Atabs=n
  4. New York State Department of Health. COVID-19 Fatalities Tracker. Novel Coronavirus Fatalities. Retrieved from https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/fatalities-0