The physicians and providers of Berkshire OB/GYN of BMC recommend that pregnant and lactating women receive the COVID vaccine per the guidance of ACOG and Society of MFM.
COVID-19 is a potentially dangerous infection, and pregnant women are more at risk then the general population. Studies have shown that pregnant women are 5 more times more likely to require ICU admission or require ventilation. COVID infections also increase the risk of preterm labor.
We would like patients to be well-informed about the currently available vaccines. The Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna COVID vaccines are 95% effective at preventing infection. Neither vaccine contains any live or live attenuated virus. Additionally, they do not contain any ingredients that are known to be harmful to women or their babies.
Although the COVID vaccines were not tested in pregnant woman, data about their use is actively being collected. The most common side effects from the vaccine include local reaction (redness, pain in the muscle at the injection site), muscle pain, fatigue, headache, or fever. Pregnant women can take Tylenol if any of these side effects occur.
Exceptions to receiving the vaccine are the same as those in the general population. Specifically, if you have had a previous anaphylactic reaction from any of the ingredients within the vaccine, you should not receive it.
In summary, the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the risks of getting a COVID-19 infection. If you have further questions regarding COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your provider.