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Can I get the COVID vaccine if I’m pregnant?

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Can I get the COVID vaccine if I'm pregnant?

Great question!  The short answer is that it is an individual decision that should be informed by your circumstances, and your risk exposure.  The official guidance from American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is that they do not recommend against receiving the vaccine if pregnant.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) state that it is safe for pregnant women to receive the vaccine.  So you may take it if you desire.  Although there are reports of women becoming pregnant while enrolled in the clinical trials, and of pregnant health care workers taking the vaccine without incident, pregnant women were not officially included as a study group in the trials.  For that reason, we have no official data to inform our guidance for pregnant women.  The mRNA-based vaccines have proven to be very safe and effective in the general population, but I would speak with your doctor. They can help you make an informed decision on if the vaccine is right for you.