Ask Sofia: Should pregnant women get the Covid-19 vaccine?
This is the number-one question our patients who are pregnant or are hoping to get pregnant are asking right now: Should I get the Covid-19 vaccine?
Since clinical trials typically exclude pregnant women as well as those who are breastfeeding, there is limited data on this topic. However, three of the leading health organizations agree that pregnant women may receive the Covid-19 vaccination safely. The World Health Organization says,”based on what we know about this kind of vaccine, we don’t have any specific reason to believe there will be specific risks that would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women.” Further, the CDC says that pregnant women who are part of a group recommended to receive the Covid-19 vaccine can “choose to be vaccinated,” and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists notes that vaccines “should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination.”
“Because the vaccine is the best way of preventing coronavirus, we are recommending that all of our patients, including those who are pregnant, get the vaccination as soon as they are eligible,” said Dr. Pamela Jordi. “We know that some patients may have concerns, but we encourage them to have a discussion with their care team to ask questions and get more information.”
Jordi adds that many pregnant healthcare providers and front-line workers are choosing to become vaccinated based on the known risks of Covid-19 to pregnant women—who have a higher chance of severe illness—versus the theoretical risks of the vaccine. Pregnant women who receive the vaccine are still encouraged to wear masks in public, practice social distancing, avoid crowds and maintain good hand-washing hygiene.
More to come
We know the COVID vaccination is top of mind among all of our patients so that’s why will continue the discussion next month. If you have specific questions you’d like to ask, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through our patient portal.