The chair of a panel of vaccine advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the information on the safety of the coronavirus vaccines on pregnant women is “incredibly reassuring.”

Dr. Grace Lee’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met Wednesday and Thursday to discuss vaccine safety and whether boosters are necessary, CNN reported.

Lee, a professor of pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine, said the pregnancy data “has been incredibly reassuring to date.”

Only 30% of pregnant women in the U.S. have been vaccinated, according to data presented to the panel. But health experts at the meeting said there’s currently no evidence linking the vaccines to an increased risk of miscarriage or birth defects.

However, pregnant people have a higher risk than most of severe disease if infected, and 97% of pregnant people treated in the hospital for COVID-19 were unvaccinated, said Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, the CDC’s lead on maternal immunization, CNN reported.

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