The COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be very effective for prevention of COVID-19. However, as with any vaccine, the COVID-19 may present risks. As a pregnant or nursing woman, you may be wondering whether or not you should get vaccinated for COVID-19 in your current state of health. Here, we’ll explore this topic to help you make the best decision for your health.
Please note that guidelines for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine are developing quickly, with additional data coming in at a rapid rate. This means that information about the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and nursing women will broaden over time. This article covers the most up-to-date information about the vaccine for pregnant and nursing patients.
Who Is the COVID-19 Vaccine Approved For?
There are currently three different COVID-19 vaccines that have been issued an Emergency Use Authorization by the FDA. These include the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, the Moderna vaccine, and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine has been approved for people 16 years and older.
- The Moderna vaccine has been approved for people 18 years and older.
- The Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been approved for people 18 years and older.
COVID-19 Safety for Pregnant and Nursing Patients
The vaccines were extensively tested prior to receiving approval, and are believed to be very safe. However, to speed up the approval process and make the vaccines available world-wide, the clinical trials did not include testing in pregnant or nursing women. Therefore we cannot recommend them for routine vaccination of our pregnant and nursing patients.
Since they are similar to other vaccines that are known to be safe during pregnancy and nursing they are believed to not pose any additional risks, so for those at high-risk they can be considered. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that the COVID-19 vaccine not be withheld from pregnant women and nursing individuals. They recommend that pregnant women should consult their clinicians before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, if they feel they might benefit from it.
At Women’s Health and Wellness, we don’t recommend the COVID-19 vaccine routinely during pregnancy and nursing. However, as noted above, we agree that the COVID-19 in high-risk patients during pregnancy is likely safe.
If you would like medical guidance on receiving the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or nursing, please contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss this.