I'm pregnant, should I get a booster shot?

Yes, the CDC and medical societies like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend getting the COVID-19 vaccine and getting a booster shot if you’re pregnant. Boosters are recommended because pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women.

When should I get my booster?

If you got the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines at least 6 months ago, you should get your booster shot now. If you got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 2 months ago, you are now eligible for the booster shot. This recommendation applies to all stages of pregnancy. That means you should get vaccinated if you are in the first, second, or third trimester. The important thing is to get your booster as soon as you are eligible to prevent any complications for you or your baby.

Which booster shot should I get?

You can get any booster shot, regardless of which vaccine you initially received. There’s not enough data yet to say if one is better than the other. However, the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) have the most data regarding the safety and efficacy of the vaccine during pregnancy.

Last update: November 5, 2021, 6:37 am ET

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