CDC Finds COVID-19 Vaccination Safe for Pregnant Persons

On Wednesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new data demonstrating the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnant persons. The CDC continues to recommend all individuals ages 12 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19.

The CDC’s analysis focused on current data from the v-safe pregnancy registry and found that vaccination early in pregnancy was not associated with an increased risk of miscarriage among nearly 2,500 pregnant women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Miscarriage typically occurs in about 11-16 percent of pregnancies, and the CDC’s study found miscarriage rates after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine were around 13 percent, similar to the expected rate of miscarriage in the general population.

Previously, data from multiple safety monitoring systems did not identify any safety concerns for pregnant persons who were vaccinated late in pregnancy or for their babies. Combined, these data and the known severe risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy demonstrate that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people outweigh any known or potential risks, according to the CDC.

Additional information from the CDC is available here.