Update: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Gynecologists (ACOG)and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) now strongly recommend the use of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Links to these recommendations are provided at the bottom of this page.
Physicians at New England OB-GYN strongly recommend vaccination against COVID-19 during pregnancy and in breastfeeding patients given the current support and backing from our major obstetrical societies.
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.
CDC has released new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people and is recommending all people 12 years of age and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people.”
A new CDC analysis external icon of current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry assessed vaccination early in pregnancy and did not find an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16% of pregnancies, and this study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13%, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population.
Previously, data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies. Combined, these data and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks.
Clinicians have seen the number of pregnant people infected with COVID-19 rise in the past several weeks. The increased circulation of the highly contagious Delta variant, the low vaccine uptake among pregnant people, and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people make vaccination for this population more urgent than ever.
COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women Resources
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Recommendation
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Recommendation
Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine Recommendation
Video: Get Your Recommended COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Video: COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy: Safe, Proven, Effective – American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists