Fast Five Quiz: COVID-19 Vaccines

Glenn Wortmann, MD


October 15, 2021

Currently, vaccination is generally recommended in all individuals who are pregnant or who may become pregnant. This population is at higher risk for severe COVID-19 compared with nonpregnant individuals of childbearing age, and COVID-19 is associated with an increased risk for preterm birth. The World Health Organization currently recommends that pregnant individuals may be vaccinated if the benefit of vaccinating outweighs the potential vaccine risks in that individual. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccination with any of the FDA-approved vaccine options for all individuals who are breastfeeding, pregnant, or who may become pregnant. Few data exist on the efficacy and safety of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant individuals, but preliminary surveillance system and registry data revealed no obvious safety signals among pregnant individuals who received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.

Breastfeeding offers substantial health benefits to lactating women and their breastfed children. Vaccine efficacy is expected to be similar in lactating women as in other adults.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination while pregnant or lactating.


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