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.
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.
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!
- Review CDC information about the vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding people.
- Learn more about COVID-19 and pregnancy.
- Wondering about COVID-19 vaccines if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding? – Harvard Health Blog – Harvard Health Publishing
- Vaccination Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding | CDC