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Pregnancy and COVID-19 vaccine: 4 questions to consider before vaccination

Pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine

Pregnant women are among a group that is low risk for getting COVID-19, but are high risk for having severe complications from the virus. The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect yourself against the virus and severe illness.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant women are among a group that is low risk for getting COVID-19, but are high risk for having severe respiratory complications from the virus, which could lead to preterm birth.

To protect yourself against the virus and severe illness, the COVID-19 vaccine is available for eligible populations in Wisconsin.

“In general, the preliminary data regarding COVID-19 vaccine has been shown to be safe,” said Dr. Jason Patzwald, Marshfield Clinic Health System OB/GYN. “Currently, no data is available regarding vaccination in pregnant or lactating patients.”

Patzwald said current recommendations from CDC, American College of OBGYN, and Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, is that the COVID-19 vaccine should be made available to pregnant and lactating patients.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or pumping, you have the choice to be vaccinated.

CDC explains that side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are not expected to be any different for pregnant women than for non-pregnant people. If you have a history of severe allergic reaction to any other vaccines, you should talk to your provider before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

Discuss benefits and risk with your provider

CDC recommends talking with your provider about the COVID-19 vaccine. You can make a more informed decision when you understand your personal health history, benefits of the vaccination and risk for infection in your area.

A few questions to consider are:

  • What is my risk of getting COVID‐19?
  • What is the current level of activity of the virus in my community?
  • What is my risk for severe complications if I get COVID‐19?
  • What are the benefits of getting the COVID‐19 vaccine?

While a conversation with your provider may be helpful, it’s not required before vaccination.

V-safe helps to collect more information

If you choose to get vaccinated, the CDC is committed to making sure that it is safe for all individuals.

To help gather more information about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy and lactation, those who receive the vaccine are encouraged to enroll in V-safe, CDC’s smartphone-based tool to check-in on people’s health after they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you have additional questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit marshfieldclinic.org/covidvaccine.

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