I’m pregnant, I’m trying to get pregnant or I’m breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID vaccine?

Clinical leaders at University Hospitals believe that these vaccines, which were thoroughly vetted by the FDA, are recommended for the protection of each individual and the community against COVID-19. Pregnant individuals are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 infection, including death. With cases rising as a result of the Delta variant, the best way for pregnant individuals to protect themselves and their baby against the potential harm from COVID-19 infection is to be vaccinated.

University Hospitals is committed to providing vaccinations to those who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding in accordance with guidance from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC recommends all women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Maternal care experts want the best outcomes for their patients, and that means both a healthy parent and a healthy baby. Data from tens of thousands of reporting individuals have shown that the COVID-19 vaccine is both safe and effective when administered during pregnancy. The same data have been equally reassuring when it comes to infants born to vaccinated individuals. Moreover, COVID-19 vaccines have no impact on fertility.

Pregnant individuals and those planning to become pregnant should feel confident in choosing vaccination to protect themselves, their infants, their families, and their communities.