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Q: Is it safe for pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19? What if you’re breastfeeding?

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) both say that pregnant women may be vaccinated for COVID-19. They also say it is safe for breastfeeding mothers to get the COVID-19 vaccine and continue to breastfeed after being vaccinated.

It’s important to know that while large studies have found no safety problems with the vaccines currently available, neither was tested in pregnant women. However, the type of vaccine being used against COVID-19 is generally known to be safe, and animal studies found no harmful effects on pregnancy.

What scientists do know is that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe and potentially life-threatening complications from COVID-19.

If you’re pregnant, talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Your doctor should know your health history, and any previous reactions to vaccines or other allergies and sensitivities. They also know all about your pregnancy and any other risks you would need to be aware of. It is important that you do your own research using reliable sources, ask a lot of questions, and share your concerns with your doctor.

Whatever you decide, it is still very important to continue taking steps to protect yourself and those around you. This includes the 5 W’s - wear a mask, watch your distance and gathering size, wash your hands, wipe down and disinfect surfaces, and lastly, wellness – stay home if you are not feeling well!

Jennifer Ann Mathieu, DO

Obstetrics & gynecology

Maui Lani Physicians and Surgeons
Maui Lani Physicians and Surgeons
165 Ma'a St.
Kahului, HI 96732