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Is it safe to get a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Eva Goodfriend-Reaño, Certified Nurse Midwife, affirms that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe in pregnancy and is especially important to protect pregnant people with less strong immune systems from severe illness or death. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

 

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The COVID vaccine is safe in pregnancy. I have no hesitation as a midwife, as a nurse midwife, as a healthcare provider saying that with confidence that we have had not any specific negative outcomes from people getting the vaccine in pregnancy.
Another thing we know is that COVID is actually dangerous, that people can get very sick from COVID, people can die from COVID and that the risk of getting COVID when pregnancy is present and increased in that generally pregnant folks have less strong immune systems. People often will talk about, they might get sick when they’re pregnant, and then they stay sick for longer, and it takes them longer to recover. And so, you know, we know that increases the chance of kind of more severe disease.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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