What should I know about the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?
Vaccination is probably the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnancy.When the risk of serious illness and death from the virus is higher than normal.
The US College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists said COVID-19 vaccination should not be withheld from pregnant women and that women should discuss the personal risks and benefits with their healthcare providers.
The US government’s emergency authorization for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines released for priority groups did not specify that the pregnancy was the reason for the suspension of transfusion.
But the OB-GYN group said women should consult their doctor because no COVID-19 vaccine has been tested in pregnant women. Evidence of safety and effectiveness can be reassured from studies including inadvertently certain women who were unaware they became pregnant when enrolled.
Further responses are expected from upcoming research, including a study by German partner Pfizer and BioNTech, expected to begin earlier this year, which will also include pregnant women.
Experts say there is no reason to think that either of the licensed vaccines will harm an unborn baby. They may protect them from the development of COVID-19, although this hasn’t been proven. Denise Jamieson, chair of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.
The idea comes from experience with influenza and pertussis vaccines, which are approved for use in pregnancy and protect newborns and mothers from those diseases.
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