COVID-19 Vaccination Vaccines for Pregnant Women

At Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women®, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority, especially during this critical time. We are proud to be your choice for care and thank you for being part of our Texas Children’s family.

Texas Children’s Pediatrics patients who have a MyChart account will be able to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment through MyChart.

At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is approved for those 6 months and older. The Moderna vaccines are approved for those 18 and older. 

Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions and resources. It’s important to note that information about COVID-19 changes rapidly and this page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions for Pregnant Women

You can currently schedule for a COVID-19 vaccine.

Current observations available suggest no significant differences in post-vaccination reactions in pregnant versus non-pregnant women. It appears that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) induce similar immunity in pregnant and breastfeeding women as in the non-pregnant population. We do not have similar studies yet for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Although more research is needed, these studies show promising evidence of potential passive immunity against the COVID-19 virus in newborns, either through placental transfer or breastfeeding after the mother receives the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine.

The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should be made with your provider about not only the vaccines risks and benefits, but your risk of getting moderate or severe disease if you were to remain unvaccinated and get infected with the virus. Recently, the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) also updated its practice advisory to aid patients in evaluating the benefits and potential risks of the vaccines.

Since the offering of COVID-19 vaccines began in the U.S., the CDC V-SAFE app has reported that as of April 5, 2021 nearly 78,000 pregnant women have received a COVID-19 vaccine. To date, no safety signals as compared to non-pregnant people have been reported.

Because the vaccine does not contain a live virus, there is no virus to transmit with nursing.

This is unknown at this time. However, it is felt that the benefits to the vaccine outweigh any possible small and still theoretical risks. In the Pfizer trial, the only women suffering miscarriage were in the placebo group. However, the data is simply not robust enough to make any conclusions.