Vaccines and Pregnancy
We have good news: Pregnant individuals are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In the coming days, you will receive a MyChart message or e-mail letting you know how to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine.
- The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective. It’s been rigorously tested.
- We encourage you to receive the vaccine, even if you are pregnant.
Pregnant individuals who get COVID-19 are at high risk. They are more likely to be hospitalized, admitted into ICU and connected to a ventilator. They are also more likely to die from the disease. There also appears to be a higher chance of preterm birth. People of color, those who are older or obese, and those with medical conditions such as heart disease and diabetes also have higher COVID risks while pregnant.
There are currently three COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States, from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. All three are safe. None contain any live virus, so there is NO CHANCE of infection to you or your baby.
The vaccines help your body build immunity against the coronavirus and will protect against infection. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are two shots, taken a few weeks apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single shot.
If you are breastfeeding or pumping breast milk to feed your baby, vaccination is still recommended. However, there are some people, pregnant or not, who should not take the COVID-19 vaccines. This includes people who have had severe allergic reactions in the past.
We encourage you to speak with your obstetric provider at your next visit to ask questions and discuss the COVID-19 vaccination if you are not sure about whether to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
In the meantime, if you do not have a MyChart account, we encourage you to sign up by clicking https://mychart.metrohealth.org/MyChart/signup and completing the needed information.
If you have general questions about COVID-19 and vaccinations, please see COVID-19 Vaccine.
Additional information about Ohio’s COVID-19 vaccination program, go to: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides detailed information about COVID-19 vaccination for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html.