NM Joint Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy
CDC Updated Guidance for COVID-19 Vaccines while Pregnant or Breastfeeding
October 1st Health Advisory on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy, summarized from CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an urgent health advisory to increase COVID-19 vaccination among people who are pregnant, recently pregnant (including those who are lactating), who are trying to become pregnant now, or who might become pregnant in the future to prevent serious illness, deaths, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. The advisory calls on health departments and clinicians to educate pregnant people on the benefits of vaccination and the safety of recommended vaccines.
On August 11, the CDC updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccines while pregnant or breastfeeding to recommend that all people aged 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future, receive the COVID-19 vaccine. ACOG has also issued similar recommendations. Not only has the vaccine been shown to be safe, but pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect pregnant and breastfeeding people from severe illness from COVID-19.
Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.