What about getting this vaccine for pregnant or lactating women?
There are ethical problems with including pregnant women in a Phase 1 or Phase 2 study. For that reason, we have not tested the vaccine on pregnant women. However, the EUA for the Pfizer vaccine DID allow women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to opt to obtain the vaccine. This should be discussed with their primary care or OB/Gyn physician.
If a woman is considering pregnancy, it is recommended that they become fully vaccinated before becoming pregnant if they can.
Preliminary analysis from the Moderna vaccine indicates no effects on reproductive health; please do stay tuned for additional information and please also discuss with your primary care or OB/Gyn physician.
If a woman opts not to obtain the vaccine, they should do all the same things we are already doing — mask wearing, social distancing, washing hands. As a reminder: we know that COVID can be harmful to a pregnant woman and her fetus.
Because a COVID-19 vaccine is not going to be available to the general population for several months, many women may deliver their babies before they are eligible for the vaccine. It is therefore important that those around them also practice all the same precautions we have been doing (mask wearing, social distancing, washing hands); and (especially if the woman opts not to get vaccinated) consider obtaining the vaccine when it is available to them. This is similar to what we do for infants aged 0–6 months who cannot get the flu vaccine. We ask everyone who comes in contact with them make sure they are vaccinated to protect that non-vaccinated person!