Pregnant and breastfeeding people were excluded from enrolling in the clinical trials of currently available COVID-19 vaccines. A small number of subjects became pregnant after trial enrollment and are being closely followed. As a result, neither vaccine has been fully studied in those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. At the same time, pregnant people in the later stage of pregnancy can have more severe disease and pregnancy complications. Once people recover (and those people have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 disease), there is no evidence the presence of those antibodies is harmful to the pregnancy or pregnancy outcome. As a result, the FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) have suggested that pregnant and breastfeeding patients may choose to get the vaccine and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that pregnant and breastfeeding patients get a COVID-19 vaccine. There is no need to defer pregnancy or breastfeeding to get a COVID-19 vaccine. In either case, if you have further questions you should consult your provider to discuss your options.
Here is some additional information from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding.
If you would like to talk to a UVMMC OBGYN provider, please call (802) 847-9200 and a scheduled call or appointment will be provided.