Build Confidence in Pregnancy and Fertility
Pregnant, recently delivered, or breastfeeding women may be concerned that COVID-19 vaccines could harm the fetus or their newborn baby. Any person—including parents of adolescents—may be concerned about the possibility that COVID-19 vaccination could interfere with future fertility.
Pregnant or lactating individuals were not included in the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials, which is typical for most clinical trials. However, safety data and ongoing safety monitoring have not indicated a cause for concern in the hundreds of thousands of pregnant or lactating people who received one of the COVID-19 vaccines since December 2020.
Pregnant women and recently pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 infection are at increased risk of more severe illness than nonpregnant women. This includes an increased risk of admission to an intensive care unit, the need for mechanical ventilation and ventilatory support, and death. The risk of severe illness may be even higher in pregnant patients with comorbidities such as obesity and diabetes. Additionally, pregnant women with COVID-19 appear to be at increased risk of preterm birth and might be at increased risk of other adverse pregnancy outcomes (e.g., stillbirth, pregnancy loss).
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine published an article, COVID-19 Vaccine and Infertility: Baseless Claims and Unfounded Social Media Panic, which details how fears about the effect of COVID-19 vaccines on pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility emerged.
Information for Pharmacy Teams
Participate in APhA’s Trigger Tape Training
, which reviews key points to communicate with patients by providing patient scenarios and the recommended response to each one.
Watch this short video on COVID Vaccine Safety and Pregnant Women
to hear a pharmacist talk about the questions her patients have about COVID-19 vaccines, particularly their safety for pregnant women.
Take this short quiz on COVID-19 Vaccines and Vaccine Confidence
to test your knowledge about vaccine confidence basics, the role pharmacists can play in building confidence, myths about vaccine use during childbearing years, and vaccine efficacy and effectiveness.
Visit COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
to find resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support your outreach to people who are pregnant or breastfeeding and to people concerned about vaccines and fertility.
Information for Patients
Share CDC’s Toolkit for Pregnant People and New Parents
to provide patients with resources and tools to help pregnant and recently pregnant people, breastfeeding people, and new parents caring for infants to protect their health.