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Health & Prevention Report: COVID vaccination rates among pregnant women are low in Southwest Colorado, leaving them vulnerable to complications

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COVID-19 can be a very dangerous virus for pregnant women who have not been vaccinated against it. Unvaccinated pregnant women are at especially high risk of severe complications, which can affect both the mother and her unborn child. Experts say the vaccine is completely safe to take, but here in Montezuma County, vaccination rates among pregnant women remain low.

To break down what this all means, KSJD's Lucas Brady Woods spoke to Kimberly Washburn, a women's health nurse practitioner at Southwest Health System in Cortez.

Colorado COVID-19 Data

Statewide COVID-19 data is available to the public through two online data dashboards.

More specific data can be found by browsing the Department of Public Health and Environment's open data portal. That data includes one and two-week positivity rates on the county level.

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Lucas is the News Director for KSJD Community Radio. His work focuses on serving the public of the Four Corners with responsible, factual reporting.