If I am pregnant, how should I know about the COVID-19 vaccine?
Vaccination may be the best way to prevent COVID-19 in pregnant women, When the risk of serious illness and viral death is higher than usual.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that pregnant women should not be vaccinated against COVID-19, and women should discuss their risks and benefits with their healthcare providers.
The U.S. government’s emergency authorization of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for priority populations does not list pregnancy as a reason to retain the vaccine.
But the OB-GYN team stated that since the COVID-1
It is expected that upcoming studies will provide more answers, including a study by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech, which will begin early this year and will include pregnant women.
Experts say there is no reason to believe that the two licensed vaccines will harm the fetus. Dr. Dennis Jamison, director of obstetrics and gynecology at Emory University School of Medicine, said they can even protect them from COVID-19, although it has not been confirmed.
This idea stems in part from the experience of flu vaccines and pertussis vaccines, which have been approved for pregnancy and protect newborns and their mothers from these diseases.
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