Should those who are pregnant or breastfeeding get a COVID-19 vaccine?
Answered by maternal-fetal medicine expert Teresa Berg, MD
This is a personal decision that depends on a lot of things. I encourage pregnant or breastfeeding women to discuss the benefits and risks of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination with their doctors.
Pregnant women were not allowed to participate in the first clinical trials for the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. A new global study, specifically for pregnant women and their newborns, has started for the Pfizer vaccine.
University of Nebraska Medical Center and Children’s Hospital & Medical Center are leading a randomized, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women and their newborns. The vaccinated mothers and their babies will be followed until the baby is 6 months old.
We have no reason to believe any of the COVID-19 vaccines would harm a developing fetus or a nursing infant. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology currently recommends that pregnant and lactating women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
No matter what you decide, it's important to continue to follow COVID-19 prevention steps like wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently and staying 6 feet or more away from others.