For a more than year the whole world has lived with the Covid pandemic. There has been no shortage of opinions and controversy regarding this disease. Here are the facts as physicians best know them:
If you are trying to get pregnant, it would be ideal to get vaccinated prior to conception. Covid vaccination has no impact on fertility! Covid infection during pregnancy can be extremely severe since during pregnancy your immune system is not as strong. We know of patients in Cincinnati who were severely ill in the ICU while pregnant.
Unless you have severe medical conditions such as cancer or severe immune problems the answer is, “yes”. There are now studies with more than 30,000 patients documenting the safety of Covid vaccination during pregnancy. You can be immediately vaccinated, or if low risk, wait until after 12 weeks of pregnancy to get vaccinated. By 12 weeks the baby is fully developed and therefore risk of birth defects has mostly passed.
For women less than 50 years of age, the Moderna or Pfizer are best. The J&J vaccine is best for women over 50 years of age or men of any age.
Common side effects include soreness at the site of injection and sometimes a low-grade fever for a day. These can be treated with Tylenol, or if not pregnant, medications like Motrin. Severe reactions are rare. These include allergic reaction. The chance of severe reaction is remote and not greater than other vaccines you have already received like Rubella or Polio.
Yes. We were vaccinated at the earliest opportunity which was December of last year.
There are many good reasons to get vaccinated. Protecting yourself, your family and friends is one reason. Ending the pandemic is another. If enough people do not get vaccinated, Covid can infect the unvaccinated population and could mutate to a point that current vaccines would not be effective. We would all relive the nightmare again. If you are currently trying to get pregnant and get vaccinated, protective antibodies will cross the placenta and protect your baby. If that is not enough reason, if you are unvaccinated, you will likely be required to mask indoors for another year. IRH cares about you! Please let us know if you have other concerns about Covid vaccination.