What should I know about the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?

What should I know about COVID-19 vaccines if I am pregnant?

Vaccination is probably the best way to prevent COVID-19 during pregnancy, when the risk of severe illness and death from the virus is higher than usual.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists maintains that vaccinations should not be denied to pregnant women, and that it is they who need to discuss the risks and benefits of getting it with their doctors.

The US government’s emergency authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines being administered to priority groups does not consider pregnancy as a reason for not receiving it.

But the obstetrics and gynecology group says women should consult their doctors, since coronavirus vaccines have not yet been tested in pregnant women.

The evidence on the drug’s safety and efficacy is reassuring after studies that unintentionally included women who did not know they were pregnant when they enrolled.

Future studies are expected to contain more responses, including one from pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech that is scheduled to begin early in the year and will include pregnant women.

Experts say there is no reason to think that the two licensed vaccines could harm fetuses.

They could even immunize them against COVID-19, although this hypothesis is not yet proven, said Dr. Denise Jamieson, head of the chair of gynecology and obstetrics at the Emory University School of Medicine.

This idea derives in part from experience with influenza and pertussis vaccines, which have been approved for use in pregnant women and protect both newborns and mothers from these diseases.