Despite assurances of safety from personal physicians and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, many pregnant women across Indiana are saying no to the COVID-19 vaccine.

The results are serious and can be deadly: One day this week at IU Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, seven pregnant women with COVID were on ventilators. One died.

“The Delta variant is hitting healthy pregnant women extremely hard,” said Joseph Landwehr, a physician and chairman of the Department of OB/GYN at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie. “It’s a really big problem.”

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Landwehr sees 20 to 30 pregnant women a day. He has 200 patients and has some contact with another 100. And Landwehr says the COVID vaccine is a tough sell to his patients, despite his assurances that it is safe for the patients and their babies.