I am pregnant, can I get vaccinated?
Yes, but is recommended that you receive some added information about the trials leading up to approval and the known risks of the vaccines.
- Neither the Pfizer/BioNtech or Moderna vaccine has been studied in individuals who are or may become pregnant, because of this the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggest a patient-provider conversation on the risks and benefits of vaccination for individuals
- While some individuals in the clinical trials did become pregnant, there were not enough to make any determinations about safety.
- While mRNA vaccines are new for use in humans, the mRNA in the vaccine is degraded quickly by normal cellular processes and does not enter the nucleus of the cell. Based on current knowledge, experts believe that mRNA vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk to the pregnant person or the fetus. However, the potential risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant person and the fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been adequately studied in pregnant people.
- All vaccines may cause immune reactions including fevers. Fevers may cause problems in fetal development, though this risk is small and consequences from vaccination in general during pregnancy are rare.
- Due to the consequences of infection and COVID-19 disease, in populations where mRNA vaccines are recommended, such as in healthcare workers, vaccination should be offered for individuals who are or may become pregnant especially where community spread of the disease is a concern.
After reading this information if you are comfortable with receiving the vaccine proceed with the online registration. If you wish to have a further discussion with your healthcare team, please schedule an appointment to do so. This discussion should happen between you and your healthcare team and cannot be completed at a staff vaccination clinic.