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Pregnant women and members of their household are now eligible to be vaccinated.
COVID-19 Illness during Pregnancy
COVID-19 is potentially dangerous for everyone. Pregnant women who have COVID-19 and experience symptoms are more likely than nonpregnant women with COVID-19 to need care in an intensive care unit, to need a ventilator for breathing support or to die from the illness. Still, the overall risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19 for pregnant women is low. Research also suggests having COVID-19 might increase risk for premature birth. And while transmission of the virus from mother to baby during pregnancy is possible, it appears to be a rare event.
Pregnant women who are Black or Hispanic appear to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, but not because of biology. Black and Hispanic women are more likely to face social, health and economic inequities that put them at greater risk of illness. Pregnant women with other health conditions like obesity or diabetes might be at even higher risk of severe illness due to COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy
There is limited data available on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women because they were not included in initial clinical trials. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will continue to closely monitor safety issues among pregnant women who receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Here’s what we do know:
Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is optional, and all Tennesseans have a choice in what COVID-19 vaccine they receive.
All vaccines protect you from serious illness and death from COVID-19.
Pregnancy or Breastfeeding. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 Vaccine Monitoring Systems for Pregnant People. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pregnancy, and Breastfeeding: A Message for Patients. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Understanding How COVID-19 Vaccines Work. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.