My Female Patients Ask: Is it safe for me to get a COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?

Probably, but we don’t know for sure. Different expert groups have differing recommendations.

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) advises pregnant women to consult with their doctors as there are no documented risks to the unborn child, no theoretical risks, and no risk in animal studies.

However, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that pregnant women not receive the vaccine, unless they are at high risk for COVID because of work exposures or chronic conditions.

The difference of opinion between the CDC and the WHO is not rooted in scientific evidence, but the lack of it: Pregnant women have been barred from participating in clinical trials of the vaccines, a decision in line with a long tradition of excluding pregnant women from biomedical research, but one that is now being challenged.

The bottom line is that a woman who is pregnant who wants the COVID vaccine should discuss this decision with her physician.


This blog was accurate as of the day of posting. However, as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves and the scientific community’s understanding of the novel coronavirus and the COVID vaccine develops, the information above may have changed since it was last updated. While I aim to keep all of my blogs on COVID and the COVID vaccine up to date, please visit online resources provided by the CDC, WHO, and your local public health department to stay informed on the latest news.

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