The associations are also strongly recommending that their members “enthusiastically recommend vaccination” to their patients.
“It is clear that pregnant people need to feel confident in the decision to choose vaccination, and a strong recommendation from their obstetrician–gynecologist could make a meaningful difference for many pregnant people,” said Dr. J. Martin Tucker, the president of ACOG. “Pregnant individuals should feel confident that choosing COVID-19 vaccination not only protects them, but also protects their families and communities.”
The ACOG guide reminds providers that the willingness to consider vaccination varies by patient; it counsels providers to be aware of historic injustices and systematic racism in the health care profession, and to actively listen and validate concerns and fears.
ACOG also recommends providers continue to care for patients who decide not to be vaccinated and to share resources and encourage the use of prevention methods such as physical distancing and masks.
Neither association recommends one vaccine over the other; however, people who are pregnant should be made aware of the risk of rare blood clots with the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine.
The CDC does not directly recommend the vaccine, but it does say that pregnant women can receive the vaccine.
So far, the vaccines appear to be equally effective in pregnant individuals. The vaccines offer strong protection against hospitalization and death.
And there is a growing body of research that shows that protective antibodies generated by the vaccine are passed on to the fetus. There is no current Covid-19 vaccines for an infant.