Is it safe to get the coronavirus vaccine if you’re pregnant?

Experts indicate that pregnant women were excluded from trials for the coronavirus vaccine, so there is little information regarding the safety of the vaccine for that group.

It was expected that pregnant women would begin to be included in COVID vaccine clinical trials in mid-to-late January, and that data was not currently available for the vaccine’s effects. According to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “there are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant women.”

CDC officials added that while no studies have been done so far, “based on how mRNA vaccines work, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for people who are pregnant.” The CDC report does indicate guidance that if a woman is part of a group recommended to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and is pregnant, she may choose to be vaccinated or not. It is encouraged that a discussion with her healthcare provider be held to help her make an informed decision. The CDC also listed the following considerations for pregnant women considering the vaccine:

Considerations for vaccination:
– level of COVID-19 community transmission, (risk of acquisition)
– her personal risk of contracting COVID-19, (by occupation or other activities)
– the risks of COVID-19 to her and potential risks to the fetus
– the efficacy of the vaccine
– the known side effects of the vaccine
– the lack of data about the vaccine during pregnancy

The guidance from the CDC is opposite to that in Great Britain, where pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding were told not to get the vaccine.

For those who choose not to get the vaccine, experts noted pregnant women who contract coronavirus could face potentially severe infections.

The full CDC report regarding the vaccine can be viewed here.

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