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CDC Strongly Recommends that People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

August 16, 2021

Based on new data on the safety of the COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant people, the CDC is strongly recommending that people who are pregnant or breastfeeding be vaccinated against COVID-19.  New CDC Data: COVID-19 Vaccination Safe for Pregnant People | CDC Online Newsroom
The new CDC analysis of vaccination in early pregnancy did not find an increased risk in miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.  Previously, data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies.  These data, and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy, demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks.
Doctors have seen the number of pregnant people infected with COVID-19 rise in the past several weeks. Given the spread of the highly-contagious Delta variant and the increased risk of severe illness and pregnancy complications related to COVID-19 infection among pregnant people, the CDC urges all people who are pregnant or breastfeeding and those thinking about becoming pregnant to get vaccinated.
For more information about COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, visit COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding.

Suzy Feinberg, MPH
Public Information Officer

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