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What Pregnant People Should Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine
Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are thought to be safe for pregnant people. As the COVID-19 vaccine continues to roll out, pregnant people must look at their own medical histories and risk factors to determine if they feel ready to get the shot. Of the 4.2 million Americans who already received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, there have been many pregnant healthcare workers who felt their personal risks of contracting COVID-19 outweighed any potential risks of the shot, which is widely thought to be safe in pregnant people. Pregnant people were not included in the vaccine trials, so there is limited data on how people who are pregnant respond to the COVID-19 vaccines. “Based on current knowledge, experts believe that mRNA vaccines will not pose a risk for people who are pregnant,” said Pettker.
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