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Is it safe to get the Covid-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021

Getting vaccinated is a personal choice for people who are pregnant...

People who are pregnant and belong to the high-risk category and receive COVID-19 vaccine, such as healthcare personnel, may choose to be vaccinated. A conversation between pregnant patients and their clinicians may help them decide whether to get vaccinated with a vaccine that has been authorized for use under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). While a conversation with a healthcare provider may be helpful, it is not required prior to vaccination.

Key considerations pregnant patients can discuss with their healthcare provider include:

  • The likelihood of exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 
  • Risks of COVID-19 to them and potential risks to their fetuses 
  • What is known about the vaccine: how well it works to develop protection in the body, known side effects of the vaccine, and lack of data during pregnancy

Pregnant patients who decide to get vaccinated should continue to follow the current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after they are vaccinated. That means:

  • Wearing a mask 
  • Staying at least six feet away from others 
  • Avoiding crowds
  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol 
  • Following CDC travel guidance 
  • Following quarantine guidance after exposure to COVID-19 
  • Following any applicable workplace guidance

By Dr. Samer Cheaib

Consultant Obstetrics And Gynecology