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COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy: Should I get the vaccine?

Pregnant woman getting COVID-19 shot Photo: Getty Images

Updated June 9, 2021, with link to more information on the safety of the vaccine while breastfeeding. Please note that this content is accurate as of the update date.


Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) say the vaccine should not be withheld from anyone who’s pregnant. VCU Health agrees with these recommendations.


Getting vaccinated is a personal choice, and your care team is here to help you make this decision. If you have questions, speak with your OB-GYN, midwife or nurse practitioner.

I’m trying to get pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?

Yes. If you’re trying to get pregnant, ACOG recommends that you get vaccinated. If you receive a vaccine that requires two doses, get both — even if you become pregnant after your first dose. There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility.

I’m already pregnant. Should I get the vaccine?

If you’re pregnant, you may choose to be vaccinated. The CDC and ACOG say the vaccine should not be withheld from anyone who’s pregnant.

At this time, the vaccines have not been tested on pregnant people. But for those tested, the vaccines offered tremendous protection.

Is the vaccine safe during pregnancy?

At this time, we have limited data about the safety of the vaccines during pregnancy. Studies in animals receiving COVID-19 vaccines before, during or after pregnancy found no health concerns. VCU is participating in national clinical trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people.

I’m breastfeeding. Should I get the vaccine?

Yes. If you’re breastfeeding, ACOG recommends that you get vaccinated. When you get vaccinated, the antibodies your body makes can be passed through your breast milk and help protect your child from the virus. Please visit Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU for more information on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine when breastfeeding

Still undecided?

We’re here to help and will offer our support as you make your decision. Listen to Dr. Kate Donowitz and occupational therapist Courtney Lynch discuss how they made their decision.


If you live in Virginia, go to vaccinate.virginia.gov or call 877-VAX-IN-VA to sign up to be vaccinated.

For more information

For more information, go to vcumom.com. To schedule an appointment, call 804-828-4409.

For a variety of news and information on COVID-19 and how VCU Health is keeping patients safe, please visit our COVID-19 News Center


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