The World Health Organization recently said on its website that ‘we don’t have any specific reason to believe there will be specific risks that would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women.’ And the CDC is encouraging pregnant women to have conversations with their doctors and make the decision for themselves. But there have been no vaccine trials that include pregnant women as a group, so there is no hard data one way or the other.
In a recent poll of 400+ global Sermo physicians, 64% said they believe it is safe for pregnant women to receive the Covid-19 vaccines, while 36% said it is not. When it comes to breastfeeding women, 79% of doctors said they believe it is safe for this group to receive the vaccines. Eighty-two percent of the doctors agree with the CDC that women should have the conversation with their doctor and then make the decision that is right for themselves. But 77% are concerned that the advice over the vaccines’ safety for pregnant women is inconsistent. Regarding the general safety of the gene-based technology messenger RNA, which is behind the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, 82% said they believe that it is safe.
Here is more of what Sermo physicians have to say on this topic:
No product in the experimental phase can be safe in pregnancy and lactation. And a lot still needs to be known about these vaccinesPediatrics (excluding surgery)
In the absence of an opinion from recognized organizations, the patient-physician agreement should always guide the decision.Neurology
mRNA has a transient lifetime in the body and cannot alter existing genetics.Allergy & Immunology
As a physician, we make our decisions based on the evidence. In this case, unfortunately, we need more information, and in order to have it we’ll need more time.General Practice (GP)
The risk of Covid 19 infection on a pregnancy is definitely serious and probably the vaccine is equally or less risky than an infection. The mother needs to make the final call.Family Medicine / Practice (FP)
Patients have a right to accurate information and absent clear indications and safety they should get to decide. If there were clear, abundant safety data suggesting no fetal or maternal harm I would be fairly stern in asking all my pregnant patients at high risk to get vaccinated. No data is much harder.Allergy & Immunology