Is the Vaccine Safe?
Yes! Both the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are completely safe and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In addition to that, expert committees approved the vaccines, including the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
You may be hearing some outrageous conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 vaccine, but know that they are far from the truth. The proof in the data, don’t rely on social media to get the facts. Both safety and efficacy of the vaccine are evident, which should be reassuring to you.
The CDC allows the vaccine to be administered to pregnant people and various professional societies advocate for pregnant people to get vaccinated. There are mixed reports on whether or not those who are lactating, pregnant or trying to get pregnant should receive the vaccine.
The vaccine “will protect the pregnant woman, it does not cross the placenta, and the good news is that if those women make antibodies, the antibodies will cross the placenta and help protect the baby,” according to Sharon Nachman, MD, the chief of the division of pediatric infectious diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital.
“And if they’re breastfeeding, it will also help protect their baby,” Nachman added.
Clinical trials for the vaccine did not include pregnant people. Although, studies involving pregnant people are coming. Both Covid-19 vaccines use messenger (mRNA), meaning they contain genetic material with instructions to cells for them to make proteins.
As of now, experts believe it is unlikely that the mRNA poses a risk to those who are pregnant or the fetus. According to the CDC, mRNA vaccines are not live vaccines, so they shouldn’t pose a threat.
In December 2020, the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a statement saying that pregnant women and lactating women should both be vaccinated. If you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider to figure out the best option for you.
Keep in mind; some people should definitely not be vaccinated.