Many of our patients have begun to ask about recommendations for Coronavirus vaccination prior to pregnancy or in pregnancy.
Statement from the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force
For over a year, we have been working to evaluate the latest science around COVID-19 and reproductive health.
As scientists and medical experts conduct and analyze the research, we have refined our recommendations accordingly. As in all our work, we endeavor to help professionals and patients understand the best information available.
To commemorate National Infertility Awareness Week this year, our message is clear and simple:
Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective.
We will continue to review the science and work with our experts on the COVID-19 epidemic so that we can continue to provide the best, possible guidance. We encourage you to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing, masks, and other protections.
The American College and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommend vaccination for all women considering pregnancy. The ideal time for vaccination would be prior to conceiving. However, if you are currently pregnant, you should still consider getting vaccinated.
Although the Coronavirus vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women, the expected risk of vaccination to a pregnant woman and her fetus is low. Because pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19, many women – particularly healthcare workers, those with many public contacts, or those that have additional risk factors for severe illness – may wish to consider the vaccination despite the limited safety data.
We will update this site as recommendations evolve.
For more information, please see the following medical society statements:
Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine SMFM Vaccine Statement 12-1-20 (final).PDF.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions.