Creating Healthier Families One Shot at a Time

August 31, 2021

Why is it important for pregnant women or those planning to become pregnant to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
Pregnant individuals are at a higher risk for severe illness, complications and death than non-pregnant individuals if infected with COVID-19. Also, in some cases, pregnancy can come with medical conditions that put women at even further risk. The best way to protect yourself against potential harm from a COVID-19 infection is to be vaccinated. This is especially true with the continued rise of cases from the more contagious Delta variant and new variants as they emerge.

Does the COVID-19 vaccine cause fertility problems for women or men?
The simple answer is no. There is no evidence that getting the COVID-19 vaccine affects fertility in individuals trying to become pregnant, including those using in vitro fertilization methods. The safety profiles and the way the vaccines work to prevent infection and illness from COVID-19 do not cause infertility in men or women.

If I’m trying to become pregnant, do I need to avoid pregnancy for a specific period of time after being vaccinated?
No. Whether you are trying to have a baby now or in the future, it is safe for both parents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need for a waiting period. Additionally, if you become pregnant after your first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, you should still receive your second dose as indicated and recommended (three weeks after your first dose of Pfizer and four weeks after your first dose of Moderna).

Do I need to take a pregnancy test before receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend routine pregnancy testing before getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

What if I am currently pregnant or breastfeeding? Is it safe for me to get the vaccine?
Yes. Whether you are currently pregnant, or breastfeeding your new baby, it is safe for you to get vaccinated against COVID-19. None of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-authorized or approved vaccines contain the live COVID-19 virus, so the vaccines do not present a risk of COVID-19 infection for you or your baby.

If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, there has never been a better or more urgent time to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if you have not yet done so. With the ongoing spread of the virus and the increased risks for severe illness and pregnancy complications that can arise from a COVID-19 infection in pregnant individuals, it is vitally important to get vaccinated to help protect the health and safety of both you and your baby.

If you have any concerns about being vaccinated, we encourage you to discuss them with your provider and make the choice to be a Vaccine Hero. Let’s work together to put an end to this pandemic and help create a healthy future for our families.

If you would like to speak with a provider about COVID-19 vaccination concerns or any aspect of your pregnancy journey, call 800.424.DOCS(3627) or visit the Find a Provider tab at SouthernTennessee.com to make an appointment and get connected with the care you need.