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!