TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE? THAT IS THE QUESTION.
COVID vaccine and Pregnancy FAQ
From Dr. Kathleen Watt
23 August 2021:
The following is an update to the blog written on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy for Ob/Gyn Affiliates and its division, Women’s Health Care Associates. This update is being issued because new data and recommendations continue to emerge and because the pandemic and the SARS-COV-2 virus continue to change.
Finally, please remember:
If you choose to vaccinate:
This is your choice.
You may be able to have more freedom to do the things you had to stop doing because of the pandemic.
Your baby may benefit from your antibodies.
If you choose NOT to vaccinate:
This is your choice.
You should continue to observe other safety measures to protect yourself and others, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, and avoiding crowds.
You can still get the vaccine after you deliver/when you are breastfeeding.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Website: Practice Advisory: “COVID-19 Vaccination Considerations for Obstetric Gynecologic Care”. December 2020 (updated July 30, 2021).
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Website: “ACOG and SMFM Recommend COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant Individuals”. July 30, 2021.
Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response, and Other Essential Workers Surveillance Study (AZ HEROES) in JAMA. 2021;326(6):473. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.12619.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: “Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts on COVID-19 Booster Shots”. August 18, 2021.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: “When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated”. Updated July 27, 2021.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: “Reduced Risk of Reinfection with SARS-CoV-2 after COVID-19 Vaccination — Kentucky, May-June 2021. MMWR Early Release. August 13, 2021 / 70(32);1081-1083.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: “SARS-CoV-2 Variant Classifications and Definitions”. Updated August 17, 2021.
FDA.gov website “Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions “. Updated August 12, 2021.
“Myocarditis and Pericarditis After Vaccination for COVID-19” in JAMA. August 4, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.13443.
“Sperm Parameters Before and After COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination” in JAMA. 2021;326(3):273-274. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.9976.