Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women?

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The ob-gyn experts' view

Japan's top ob-gyn authorities say there isn't yet enough data about the vaccine and pregnancies, mid- to long-term side effects, and possible adverse effects on the child.

The Japan Society for Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology say there have been no fatalities reported during clinical trials, and they say pregnant women should not be excluded from vaccination programs, but medical experts should provide thorough explanations and check on the fetus's condition prior to inoculation. They recommend that pregnant women consult with their obstetrician and gynecologist in advance.

The societies also recommend that women who want to have children be inoculated before they become pregnant.

Policies abroad

Policies on this issue differ from country to country. The US says pregnant women should not be excluded from inoculation. The UK does not recommend pregnant women get vaccinated, citing a lack of sufficient data.

Pregnant women with pre-existing conditions

Dr. Murashima Atsuko of the National Center for Child Health and Development urges pregnant women with underlying conditions not to hesitate and to get vaccinated. And she says breast-feeding mothers who get vaccinated should feel confident that the chances of it affecting their baby appear to be very low.

In case of an allergic response such as anaphylaxis, it is advised that pregnant women receive a vaccine at a medical institution that has an obstetrics or gynecology department.

The information is accurate as of April 6, 2021.