COVID-19 Vaccination: Pregnant and Lactating Women

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COVID-19 Vaccination: Pregnant and Lactating Women

Key Takeaways

  • The FDA authorized two vaccines for pregnant and lactating women in December 2020.
  • As of July 2021, 23% of pregnant women in the US had received the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Currently, 31% of pregnant and lactating women have received FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccines.

Introduction

  • As of February 2021, only 10,000 pregnant women received the COVID-19 vaccine. Although the FDA had authorized two vaccines for pregnant and lactating women in December 2020, there was still a lot to learn regarding its safety. As more data was released, COVID-19 vaccinations for pregnant and lactating women in the US has increased steadily from 23% in July 2021 to 31% by the end of October. The report below provides the date of FDA authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant and lactating women. It also provides the most recent vaccination statistics for pregnant and lactating women in the US.

FDA Authorization & Approval

  • The FDA announced emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in December 2020.
  • Further, the FDA indicated that pregnant and lactating women could receive the vaccine after consulting with their medical provider. However, the organization did not provide direct recommendations due to a lack of research data.
  • On April 23, 2021, the Centers for Diseases Control & Prevention (CDC) recommended that pregnant women receive an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine.
  • The CDC provided this recommendation based on data from 35,000 pregnant women and their babies, tracked via CDC and FDA monitoring systems.
  • Subsequently, the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommended FDA-authorized vaccines to all pregnant and lactating women.
  • The FDA approved the first COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) on August 23, 2021. However, the vaccine remained under the EUA.

Vaccination Timeline for Pregnant/Lactating Women in the US

  • As of February 2021, 10,000 pregnant women had received the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • As of July 2021, 23% of pregnant women in the US had received the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • By the end of August, over 200,000 pregnant women had received COVID-19 vaccination (either Pfizer or Moderna vaccines).
  • The latest report released on October 31, 2021, revealed that 31% of pregnant women in the US received complete doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Research Strategy

We provided the above information after comparing research information from several credible sources, including but not limited to the FDA website, Johns Hopkins Medicine, CNBC, and Verywell Health. Our findings revealed the date of FDA authorization of COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating women. It also provided the most recent information for the number of vaccinated pregnant and lactating women in the US.

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