Pregnant women were excluded from vaccine trials. However, the Emergency Use Authorizations for all three approved vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J) allow women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to opt to obtain the vaccines.
We do have data on over 60,000 pregnant women who have obtained either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine’s. The FDA has been following outcomes of interest including fetal demise, pregnancy complications, maternal intensive care unit admission, adverse birth outcomes, neonatal death, infant hospitalizations, and major birth defects. To date, there has been NO increased risk of any of these adverse pregnancy outcomes. Pregnant women report the same side effects (sore arm, fatigue, headaches, myalgias) that non-pregnant individuals report when getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
It is also important to remember that COVID-19 is associated with worse outcomes in pregnant women. So if you are not obtaining the vaccine, please make sure to continue to wear a mask, physically distance, and remain safe!
Watch this 15 second clip explaining more: https://twitter.com/WhiteHouse/status/1379063250990596100?s=20.
This is simply not true! In fact, in the Pfizer trial, 12 women in the vaccine arm became pregnant despite signing a pledge to use 2 forms of birth control or abstinence!
If I get my COVID19 vaccine while I am pregnant, will protective antibodies cross the placenta during pregnancy?
We currently do not know the answer to this. Please check back as more data becomes available on these vaccines!
Is it safe to get the vaccine while breastfeeding? Are protective antibodies from the vaccine spread in breast milk?
Data thus far for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines indicate that there are no adverse events associated with the COVID-19 vaccines. Initial data from real-world observational studies have shown that antibodies ARE passed in the cord blood and in the breastmilk, which is great news for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding!
The EUA for the Pfizer vaccine allows children 16 years and older to obtain the vaccine.
Only one vaccine (Pfizer) allowed children as young as 12 to get the vaccine — and there were not a lot of them.
This great article with an interview with Dr. Sallie Permar, Chairwoman and Pediatrician-in-Chief at the Weill Cornell Medical School and NYP Pediatrics, explains why studying children is so important — they are not “little adults.” Their immune systems work differently. So we will need to do trials to find out the correct doses for them.
The good news is that we already have great lessons from the existing trials — so these pediatric trials likely don’t have to be as long or as big!
However, we should get these trials done as soon as possible — because we want our children to go back to school as soon as safely possible.