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Michigan health officials urge pregnant women to vaccinate against COVID-19

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Doctors and health officials say pregnant women should get vaccinated to protect themselves and their unborn child – as this latest surge in COVID-19 infections continues to infect thousands daily.

Doctor Michael Tsimis is an OB-GYN with Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. He says would-be mothers using either traditional methods or in-vitro fertilization should not be concerned about the vaccine interfering with their ability to get pregnant. “Not only can vaccinated women have the same implantation rates the same clinical pregnancy and the same sustained pregnancy rates but there's no difference in any of those categories so the vaccine does not cause infertility,” said Tsimis.

Over the past week, people in their 30s make up the largest portion of new COVID-19 infections. State health officials point out that’s likely to include many who are pregnant.

Russ McNamara is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. McNamara has been working in radio since he was 17 - and in news since 2012. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for Wayne State University basketball for seven years. Born in the Upper Peninsula, McNamara is a lifelong Michigander. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Program.