I'm pregnant, should I get the vaccine?

Yes, the vaccine is recommended in pregnancy.

The CDC and medical societies like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine all strongly recommend that you should get the vaccine if you’re pregnant. This recommendation applies to all stages of pregnancy. That means you should get vaccinated if you are in the first, second, or third trimester.

Yes, the vaccine is safe in pregnancy.

Although it was limited at first, data about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy has been growing. Data from the first 35,000 pregnant women to get vaccinated in the U.S. did not show any safety concerns. And a newer study including 264,104 pregnancies in Washington, California, Colorado, and Wisconsin found that the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna) did not increase the risk of miscarriage. There is less published data about the Johnson and Johnson vaccine because fewer pregnant women have chosen that vaccine compared to the mRNA vaccines. It’s safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as other vaccines that are needed during pregnancy, such as influenza and Tdap.

Yes, the vaccine works in pregnancy.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness. Studies of the mRNA vaccine shows the vaccines produce a good antibody response, similar to that of non-pregnant women. Pregnant people who got the vaccine produced more protective antibodies than pregnant women who were unvaccinated and got COVID-19 (i.e., “natural” immunity”). Data from Israel shows that pregnant people who got an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine were less likely to get COVID-19 compared to unvaccinated pregnant people; vaccine efficacy against symptomatic infection was 97%, similar to that in the general population

Getting COVID-19 in pregnancy is dangerous for you and your baby!

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women. If you’re pregnant and get COVID-19, you’re more likely to end up in the ICU and even die (even if you’re young and healthy to begin with)! And babies born to moms who have COVID-19 late in pregnancy are more likely to be born too soon and end up in the NICU.

These data suggest that the big benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine to protect you and your baby outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

Last update: November 4, 2021, 5:21 pm ET

Science review: Initials JAB