With the first COVID-19 vaccines becoming available in Minnesota, many women are checking with their medical providers to see if they should get the vaccine. Right now, we are in the earliest stages of vaccinations, and more research is actively underway. There’s a lot we’ll continue to learn, but based on guidance from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), we can provide the following information.
Q: I’m not pregnant now, but I’m trying to get pregnant. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes, you can get the COVID-19 vaccine, and you don’t need to wait to get pregnant after you receive the vaccine. Do note, however, that some vaccines require two doses. If you get the vaccine and find out you’re pregnant, you should still get the second dose.
Q: I’m pregnant right now. Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: There are two key points to know. During development, vaccines go through several phases of tests with volunteers. So far, none of the volunteers have included pregnant women. But the other point to know is how these vaccines are made. The COVID-19 vaccines available or expected to become available in the United States do not include live viruses or a weakened version of a live virus. Quoting ACOG, “Based on what is known about how these vaccines are made, experts believe they are likely to be safe in pregnancy.” But until testing is done with women who are pregnant, we don’t fully know if there are any risks. We encourage you to discuss this with your provider.
Q: I’m breastfeeding my baby. Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine?
A: Yes, based on ACOG’s recommendation, you can get the vaccine and continue breastfeeding.
Q: Can I get vaccinated at Southdale ObGyn?
A: Currently only government approved entities will be providing the vaccine which includes hospitals and some pharmacies. As the plan is rolled out further, we will continue to update you if we’re able to offer the vaccine. You can get information on the timeline and potential locations for vaccines on the “Operation Warp Speed” website through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
For more information on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines, ACOG produced an update from a doctor and infectious disease expert. As more information becomes available, we will continue to provide updates. Please consult with your provider for specific details or urgent health concerns.