The COVID-19 pandemic may have turned the world upside down, but vaccine rollouts offer hope and potential for a return to normality. As of early August 2021, almost 60% of the country has received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. With that said, however, some folks are holding because of fears of side effects, skepticism over vaccine efficiency, and even concerns over possible pregnancy complications. We wanted to take a moment to go over the facts, dispel the negative notions, and reinforce the safety and efficiency of the available vaccines.
Is the Vaccine Safe For Pregnant Women?
The CDC recommends the COVID-19 for all persons aged 12 and over, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or may become pregnant in the future. There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, cause fertility problems in men or women.
Pregnant and recently pregnant women are at an increased risk for severe illness and complications of COVID-19. Additionally, COVID-19 can increase the odds of preterm birth and other adverse pregnancy outcomes.
The benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks. Notably, if you got pregnant after receiving your first dose of a two-dose vaccine, the CDC recommends you get your second dose as soon as possible.
Cumulatively, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American College of OB/GYNs, the International Federation of Fertility Societies, the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, the Society for Gynecological Oncology, and the AAGL all emphasize access to the vaccine for both pregnant and lactating women.
What to Expect After You Get Your Vaccine
The vaccine can cause mild side effects. These are typically redness or soreness at the injection site, headache or muscle aches, fatigue, chills, nausea, and fever. All of these side effects are completely normal. In fact, they indicate that the vaccine is working and your body is building up its immunity!
Most importantly, continue wearing masks and social distancing when appropriate.
Even if you have already had COVID-19 and recovered, the CDC recommends you get vaccinated as soon as possible. The vaccine will protect against both re-infection and new variants of the virus.
How Do I Get My Vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is completely free. Visit the CDC’s website for information on what vaccines are available and how to schedule your shot.
Vaccines offer hope for the future, but only if we all play our part and get vaccinated! Do your part for your community and keep you and your family current on all vaccinations-including the COVID-19 vaccines!