Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant or breastfeeding? >
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding may choose to be vaccinated. However, if they have questions, they should have a discussion with their healthcare provider. There are limited data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for women who are pregnant. While studies have not yet been done, based on how the mRNA vaccines work, experts believe they are unlikely to pose a risk for pregnant women as they do not contain live virus and cannot give someone COVID. They do not interact with genetic material DNA as the mRNA does not enter the nucleus of the cell and cells break apart the mRNA quickly. Additionally, pregnant women are at an increased risk of severe illness if they develop COVID-19. This is a personal choice and pregnant women should have a conversation with their healthcare provider. There are no data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in lactating women or on the effects of mRNA vaccines on the breastfed infant or on milk production. mRNA vaccines are not thought to be a risk to the breastfed infant. Women who are breastfeeding may choose to be vaccinated but should also have a conversation with their healthcare provider and child’s pediatrician.