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COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to pregnant individuals

June 9, 2021

No safety signals have been detected in preliminary data on mRNA vaccines administered in pregnancy.

As Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccination program continues, many pregnant women are asking pharmacists about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine during pregnancy. 

Please note the following from Alberta Health:

  • The safety and efficacy of Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in pregnant women has not yet been established in the clinical trials, however, preliminary data on mRNA vaccines administered in pregnancy is now available from post-marketing surveillance with no safety signals detected. 
  • COVID-19 vaccine can be offered to pregnant individuals in the eligible group as they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant individuals. 
    • It is recommended that individuals consult with their primary healthcare provider or obstetrician for any vaccine-related questions or concerns. 
    • However, consultation with a primary healthcare provider or obstetrician is not required to receive COVID-19 vaccine.

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