Several social media posts shared an image of an outdated U.K. government document advising against COVID-19 vaccination in women who are pregnant or breastfeeding due to a lack of safety data. The posts falsely claim that the government recently updated its guidance and is no longer recommending the vaccine for this population. Recommendation: Medium Risk
Pregnancy and fertility
Frequently Asked Questions about Pregnancy and fertility
Yes. Based on data on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to get pregnant now or in the future. Data show that pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely than non-pregnant people to get severely ill if they are infected with COVID-19, and the highly contagious Delta and Omicron variants makes it even more important for eligible people to get vaccinated.
In addition, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and other leading maternal health and public health organizations are “strongly urging” all pregnant individuals, and anyone planning to become pregnant, to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
No. There is no evidence to show that getting a vaccine increases the risk of miscarriage.
There has been extensive safety monitoring of the COVID-19 vaccines, including analysis of vaccination during pregnancy. Specifically, studies show that the rate of miscarriage in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy in the general population is about 11-16%, and an analysis of safety monitoring data of people who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine showed a similar rate of 13%.In other words, being vaccinated with one of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines does not increase miscarriage risk; rather, it protects against the higher risk of serious illness if you are pregnant and become infected with the virus.
Will getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy or while breastfeeding protect my baby from COVID-19?
Antibodies made after a pregnant person received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine have been found in umbilical cord blood, which means that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy might help protect babies against COVID-19. Additionally, recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breast milk, which could help protect their babies. In both of these cases, more data are needed to determine the level of protection these antibodies may provide to the baby and how long that protection would last.
Misinformation Alerts about Pregnancy and fertility
A widely circulated article falsely claims that 44 percent of pregnant women in the Pfizer vaccine trial experienced a miscarriage following vaccination. The article has since been corrected to note that the analysis has been retracted due to basic miscalculations. The post is circulating in Black and Spanish-speaking communities. Recommendation: Medium Risk
A post in a large social media group for people who claim to have adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines promotes the myth that the vaccines negatively impact fertility. The post questions why vaccinated people are concerned about Roe v. Wade being overturned since they “probably won’t be able to get pregnant.” Recommendation: Medium Risk