Health Matters

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding And The COVID Vaccine

Guest: Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton

Some women who are pregnant or breastfeeding have expressed concerns about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton, an ob/gyn physician in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some helpful information.

“Pregnant patients are at higher risk for severe complications if infected and are prioritized for access to the currently available COVID-19 vaccines. Even though pregnant and breastfeeding patients were not included in the initial studies, there is no current evidence to suspect issues related to safety.”

“Nothing in the mRNA vaccines cause infection. A pregnant or breastfeeding patient who receives the vaccine should build up antibodies that she can pass to her baby, decreasing the risk of infection for her and her baby. Whether or not you receive a COVID-19 vaccine continue to use precautions and keep your appointments for the health of you and your baby.”

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