The World Health Organization has updated its guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and now says it is safe for expecting mothers to get vaccinated.
"While pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe COVID-19, very little data is available to assess vaccine safety in pregnancy. Nevertheless, based on what we know about this kind of vaccine, we don’t have any specific reason to believe there will be specific risks that would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women, the WHO said in an updated statement. Adding, "For this reason, those pregnant women at high risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 (e.g. health workers) or who have comorbidities which add to their risk of severe disease, may be vaccinated in consultation with their health care provider."
The WHO's stance is now aligned with the CDC's recommendation for pregnant women. The CDC previously advised, "Pregnant? You may discuss COVID19 vaccines with your doctor, but it’s not required before vaccination. While studies have not yet been done, experts believe mRNA vaccines like COVID-19 vaccines are unlikely to pose a risk for pregnant people."
Dr. Richard Beigi from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists told CNN, "There's really no theoretical reason to believe it's going to cause harm to either the mother or her unborn child and we're very confident it's going to provide considerable benefits to both the mother and the baby."
The CDC notes "studies in people who are pregnant are planned" and "both vaccine manufacturers are monitoring people in the clinical trials who became pregnant."
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