Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and recommended for pregnant and lactating women?

The emergency use authorization does not address the safety or effectiveness of the vaccine for pregnant or lactating women, as limited data are available until further studies and clinical trials with these populations are completed.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend the vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women if they are a priority population in the vaccine rollout plan. For more information on this guidance, please review the following resources:

• CDC’s Vaccination Considerations for People who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding

• ACOG’s Clinical Guidance on Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19

• CDC’s Guidance on Who Gets Vaccinated First, When Vaccine is Limited

Kansas COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

• Featured Resources on COVID-19 Vaccines within the CDC’s Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents

It is important for you, as a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, to stay informed and talk with your healthcare provider so you can make an informed decision that is best for you and your baby, based on your history, level of risk and likelihood of exposure.

Updated 3/8/21

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1. Are pregnant women at greater risk of contracting COVID-19?
2. Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy or be passed on to the unborn baby?
3. Is it safe to breastfeed my baby?
4. How can I protect myself and my family from contracting COVID-19?
5. When should I contact my medical provider?
6. Should I still go to my prenatal and postpartum appointments?
7. How will this outbreak affect my delivery experience?
8. If I have Medicaid or KanCare coverage for my pregnancy, how will it be affected by this pandemic?
9. How can I keep my newborn safe?
10. Should I take my baby/child to his/her regularly scheduled well-child appointments?
11. What extra precautions can I take to protect my baby if I have, or am suspected of having, COVID-19?
12. What symptoms should I be watching for in my baby?
13. Should I continue to receive other health and support services?
14. How else can I help keep my baby safe?
15. Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe and recommended for pregnant and lactating women?