COVID-19 vaccine, pregnancy and breastfeeding


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VA is listening to your questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and is hosting a blog series on questions from Veterans. Tell us what you think.


Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you are pregnant and want the COVID-19 vaccine, you should be able to receive it. Vaccine trials did not gather specific information about the effect of COVID-19 vaccination on pregnant people. In animal trials, though, the COVID-19 vaccine did not cause any issues with pregnancy.

Wondering if it’s safe to get the COVID-19 vaccination while you’re pregnant? We have answers.

Of note, pregnant people with COVID-19 have a higher risk of severe illness and may also have a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as preterm birth. The CDC also recommends that you have a conversation with your clinician to decide when or whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine during your pregnancy.

Can I safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I am breastfeeding?

Yes, if you are breastfeeding you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC also explained that the COVID-19 vaccine is not thought to carry risk for your child. The transmission of vaccine particles through breastmilk is rare and not harmful to your child.

Can I safely receive the COVID-19 vaccine if I plan to become pregnant in the future?

Yes, if you plan to become pregnant in the future, you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. According to the CDC, experts believe that COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to a person trying to become pregnant in the short or long term. Studies of the COVID-19 vaccine have not found evidence that it will cause problems with fertility.

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!

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Comments

  1. Little Angel IVF    

    Yes, it is definitely safe to take a vaccine during Covid-19. It not harm you and vaccine doesn’t cause to infertility in men or women.
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us.

  2. Brandy Grote    

    While not pregnant, I still have issue with the VA and the vaccine. I got a letter saying call and schedule the shot. I had been reading about how the VA wants to get shots in arms, that caregivers and spouses can get the shot, etc etc. So I call and ask can my husband get a shot as well, I don’t want the shot if he can’t get it at the same time. Nope. No chance. Even as a CHAMPVA recipient and my sole carer – but not able to apply to be a VA Caretaker since I’m not a “wartime veteran” – he “isn’t in their system”, so he can’t get it thru the VA. Fortunately, we were able to squeeze in to the city program since we are both very high risk. So take your fancy words and put them where it’s dark.

  3. Nursejackie    

    Covid 19 vaccine ‘experimental gene therapy’ has completely unknown effects on fertility, pregnancy, or postpartum and you push it like candy. We know the morbidity / mortality rate is lower than seasonal flu yet you make it sound like the black plague.

  4. Catherine H Ploch    

    I am the surviving spouse of a 100% disabled Vietnam veteran who died in 2017. Am I eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from the VA? If so, what location? I live in Millsboro Delaware (Sussex County)
    Thank you.

  5. Reynaldo Sandico    

    Is the VA going to vaccinate thousands of US Veterans residing in the Philippines? If so, when will the vaccination be? Whats the the priority? Any information would be appreciated,

  6. harvey brown    

    are va giving vaccine shots in san antonio if so who do i contact
    thanks

    i am 68

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