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What should I know about the COVID-19 vaccine if I am pregnant?

Vaccination is probably the best way to prevent COVID-19 during pregnancy, when the risk of death from a serious illness or virus is higher than usual.

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The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that COVID-19 vaccination should not be withheld from pregnant women and that women should discuss individual risks and benefits with their healthcare providers.

The US government’s emergency permit for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines deployed for priority groups does not list pregnancy as a reason to withhold shots.

However, the OB-GYN group states that the COVID-19 vaccine has not yet been tested in pregnant women and women should consult a doctor. Evidence of safety and efficacy reassures us from a study that inadvertently included some women who did not know they were pregnant at the time of enrollment.

More responses are expected from future studies, including a study by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech, which will begin earlier this year, including pregnant women.

Experts say there is no reason to think that the two licensed vaccines are harmful to the foetation. Dr. Denise Jamison, chairman of gynecology and obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine, said it could even protect them from the development of COVID-19.

The idea derives in part from the experience of influenza and whooping cough vaccines, which are approved for use during pregnancy and protect newborns and their mothers from the development of these diseases.

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