Are COVID-19 Vaccines Risky for Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, or Fertility?
To date no COVID-19 vaccine testing sought to include pregnant or breastfeeding women, or women who specifically planned to become pregnant, leaving women wondering whether they are considered safe for those circumstances.
The American College or Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Public Health England recommend women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant consider the benefits of the vaccine if they are at risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, or are working with those who are at high risk. While most women of childbearing age are not at risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms, those who are obese or diabetic may be considered higher risk, for example. If women are concerned about their risk of severe COVID-19, it is recommended to consult with their doctor.
With regards to pregnancy and this vaccine, Israel follows the recommendations of the US and the UK.
The vaccine is considered safe for breastfeeding mothers by ACOG and Israel, whereas in the UK and Canada the current recommendation is that breastfeeding mothers should refrain from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines are not associated with causing infertility.
Note that COVID-19 vaccine safety studies are applicable for short term since the vaccine was only released for emergency approval in recent weeks. To date no longterm studies were able to be performed.
Speak to your medical care provider about your personal risk.