This entry serves as a follow-up to the previous entry, which focused on questions regarding COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. In the seven months since that entry was published, our experience with and understanding of COVID-19 and vaccines, has increased, and we have new information to share.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant or have recently been?
Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination before, during or after pregnancy. Pregnant or recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 have a higher risk of delivering prematurely. They also may have a higher risk of other negative pregnancy outcomes. According to the CDC, the benefits of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the known and potential risks for pregnant people.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am currently breastfeeding?
Yes. In addition to protecting the breastfeeding person who receives the COVID-19 vaccine, doing so may also protect the baby.
COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause infection in anyone, but breastfeeding people who received mRNA vaccines such as the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines have been found to possess protective antibodies in their breast milk. These antibodies may help protect babies against COVID-19.
Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine if I plan to conceive in the future?
Yes. There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines will affect one’s ability to conceive.
Experts such as those at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that people planning to become pregnant should “feel confident” that choosing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will not harm their ability to conceive in the future.
Keep an eye out for more answers to your COVID-19 and vaccine questions and remember to follow good health habits in the meantime. To keep it simple, follow the three W’s: wear your masks, wash your hands, and watch your distance from others!