- ACOG recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)-recommended priority groups.
- COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP.
- Individuals considering a COVID-19 vaccine should have access to available information about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine, including information about data that are not available. A conversation between the patient and their clinical team may assist with decisions regarding the use of vaccines approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the prevention of COVID-19 by pregnant patients.
You can read the full guidelines from ACOG here.
It is believed that antibodies created after a breastfeeding individual receives the vaccine may also transfer into breast milk and could provide some protection to the baby. Breastfeeding individuals who are healthcare workers, or part of other groups recommended to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, may choose to be vaccinated. The American College ofObstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that COVID-19 vaccines be offered to lactating individuals similarly to non-lactating individuals when it is their turn in the phased distribution plan of the vaccine.”