New research continues to show the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, including during pregnancy. New data from the CDC on mRNA vaccines supports findings from three safety monitoring systems that there is no known risk of vaccination during pregnancy for pregnant people or their babies. Considering this new data, and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy (these include increased risk of hospitalization, intensive care, need for a ventilator or special equipment to breathe, preterm birth, or illness that results in death), the CDC strongly recommends COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
"CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19. The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as we face the highly transmissible Delta variant and see severe outcomes from COVID-19 among unvaccinated pregnant people." Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What you need to know
- All evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines are safe during pregnancy for pregnant people and babies.
- Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people.
- COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for all people 12 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future.
- There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems in women or men.
Resources on COVID-19, vaccines, and pregnancy
COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit
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