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7% of adults have gotten new COVID shot; Infertility definition expanded; The push for paid leave for pregnancy loss - Morning Medical Update

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7% of adults have gotten new COVID shot

Only 7% of adults and 2% of children have received the latest COVID shot in the month since it was released. Dr. Camille Kotton of Harvard Medical School called the numbers “abysmal” and urged better public education efforts. Supply chain issues also are to blame. Many Americans went to pharmacies for the shot only to find out it wasn’t there.

Infertility definition expanded

The definition for infertility has been expanded to include LGBTQ women and single women. "This inclusive definition helps ensure that anyone seeking to build a family has equitable access to infertility treatment and care," Jared Robins, MD, ASRM's chief executive officer, said in a press release. Experts are unsure how insurance companies will interpret the new decision.

The push for paid leave for pregnancy loss

Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation that would provide at least seven days of paid leave after a pregnancy loss. Miscarriages occur in 10% to 20% of pregnancies. While many employers already offer this, this legislation would establish a national standard. If passed, employees would not have to provide proof of loss to employers.

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