HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Now that the COVID-19 vaccine distribution is ramping up across the country, pregnant and breastfeeding women have many questions about the risks and benefits.
“They are nervous about it and asking is it safe?” said Dr. Whitney Dunham with Huntsville Hospital. “You have to consider what would happen if I got the virus versus if I got the vaccine?”
Doctor Dunham said direct knowledge between the vaccine and pregnancy is currently limited. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccine trials did not include pregnant or breastfeeding women.
“Genetically the baby is not going to be affected or pregnant women or those who are going to become pregnant. It is not going to affect fertility so if you are trying to become pregnant it is not going to change that at all.”
When the vaccine does become available for the general public, Dr. Dunham said she will recommend her expecting or breast-feeding mothers to get the vaccine, with the reminder that the COVID-19 vaccine should be taken two weeks apart from other vaccinations.
“If you are getting another vaccination, because in pregnancy there are a few others you end up getting. There should be at least a two-week window between vaccinations. So, lets say you are getting the flu vaccine, you have to wait two weeks before you get the COVID-19 vaccine.”