CDC endorses COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending COVID-19 vaccination for all people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or might become pregnant in the future.

According to the CDC, pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.

In a statement, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses along with more than a dozen medical professional societies have also endorsed COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.

Two recent studies of the COVID-19 vaccine, one conducted by the CDC and the other published by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, have yielded good news about the vaccine’s safety and underscored the vaccine’s effectiveness in protecting both the pregnant patient and their child.

Concerned individuals are encouraged to speak directly with their obstetrician/gynecologist to make a decision together.

For more in-depth information, read this Health Essentials article.