JOIN US FRIDAY: An OB-GYN and pediatrician discuss what pregnant women should know about the coronavirus vaccine

Pregnant vaccine

Pregnant people are at risk of more severe complications from COVID-19 than their non-pregnant peers, and yet official guidelines neither recommend nor discourage them from getting a vaccine.

That’s because we don’t yet have clinical trial data demonstrating the shots’ safety and efficacy in the pregnant population, so women are largely left on their own to weigh the pros and cons.

Based on the way the vaccines are made, CDC data tracking pregnant people who’ve received them, and small studies out so far, experts believe the shots are safe and likely beneficial to both moms and their future children.

But some moms-to-be want to wait until there’s more rigorous data, especially if they’re able to protect themselves against COVID-19 by, for example, working from home.

Join us on Friday, March 26, at 2pm ET/11am PT as Insider senior health reporter Anna Medaris Miller hosts a live panel discussion with maternal and child health specialists about what we know, and don’t, about the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OB-GYN, founded and runs the wellness concierge practice Sanctum Med + Wellness. Dr. Jessica Madden, a pediatrician and neonatologist, serves as medical director of Aeroflow Breastpumps.

Together, they will discuss whether there is a “better” COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people than others, if there’s an ideal time in pregnancy to get vaccinated, how to interpret emerging research on vaccines in pregnancy, and more.

Register for the event here.

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