Walgreens apologizes to pregnant Bakersfield woman who was denied the COVID-19 vaccine

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – Walgreens apologized to a pregnant Bakersfield woman who was denied the COVID-19 vaccine.

During her pregnancy, Amanda Punkett and her husband took steps to protect them and their unborn child.

“We’ve been very good at really being to ourselves, which has changed the dynamic of what it’s like to be pregnant with your first child,” she said.

With the dynamics of her family days before the move, she opted for the COVID-19 vaccine.

As of Monday, pregnancy is one of the groups prioritized in California for vaccine approval. Plunkett was able to book an appointment last week based on her job but left without getting the shot after she said the pharmacist refused to administer it.

“At first she felt uncomfortable when she was in a pharmacy giving a pregnant woman,” said Plunkett, who brought a letter of consent from her doctor to the appointment.

“She followed with some statements in the direction in which she personally believed that the research for pregnancy and covid vaccination is inadequate.”

After 23ABC got involved, Walgreens apologized to Plunkett for the “inconvenience”.

Walgreens issued the following statement to 23ABC:

“Walgreens apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause our customers and we are working closely with our clinical and safety teams to continually review the latest guidance from the CDC and other health officials with our pharmacy team members to serve as a resource and to assist in answering patient questions help / worry. Walgreens is following instructions from the CDC and will offer to administer all currently approved COVID-19 vaccines to pregnant or breastfeeding individuals as soon as they are eligible to receive the vaccines. Walgreens takes very seriously the role we play in supporting vaccine administrations across the country. ”

According to the CDC, pregnant women are at greater risk of developing serious illnesses from COVID-19, and experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines “are unlikely to pose a specific risk.”

“I had done the research myself, but if my doctor knew it I’d be fine,” Plunkett told 23ABC News.

Plunkett is too close to having one now and said she will wait for the baby to arrive to try again.

Kern County Public Health encourages expectant mothers to discuss their options with their doctors.

“Getting vaccinated while pregnant is a very personal choice between you and your doctor,” said Michelle Corson, Kern County’s public health spokeswoman.

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