August 24, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Recommended for Pregnant People

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination to all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant.

COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy

With growing evidence on the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, the CDC recommends that pregnant, recently pregnant, and people trying to get pregnant get vaccinated. Vaccination:

    • reduces a pregnant person’s likelihood of experience severe illness from COVID-19 (hospitalization, need for a ventilator, intensive care, death, etc.),
    • reduces the risk of pre-term birth and other pregnancy outcomes in comparison to a pregnant person who becomes infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy,
    • may build antibodies that can protect the baby from COVID-19.

There is no evidence that any vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, cause fertility problems. COVID-19 vaccines do not cause infection in anyone, including the birthing parent.

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