‘I was so shocked:’ Health care worker denied Moderna vaccine because county says it will not give it to pregnant or breastfeeding moms
After Kate Raess was denied a COVID-19 vaccine because she is breastfeeding, she said she wonders about other breastfeeding and pregnant women. - John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune/Chicago Tribune/TNS

Kate Raess read the studies, talked to her obstetrician and consulted with her pediatrician. After months of consideration, the Illinois mom, who is breastfeeding her newborn son, decided she would get a COVID-19 vaccine. So in early January, as a clinical therapist eligible for the vaccine, she found herself sitting in a chair at a Kane County Health Department location, arm ready for the shot. Then, she was told she could not have one. “I was so shocked,” Raess said. “To sit down in that metal chair and be told no, it’s like someone took a pin to a little kid’s balloon.” An official told her...