The COVID-19 Vaccine:

Guidelines and Resources for Pregnant & Lactating Patients

PNQIN-MPQC and our partners are committed to providing accurate, up-to-date guidance and resources on counseling for and administration of the COVID-19 vaccine to pregnant and lactating patients in Massachusetts. Please continue reading for more information. 

COVID-19 Shared Decision-Making (Baystate Health & UMass Medical School - Baystate)

This decision aid was created for use by pregnant people (and people planning to become pregnant) who are considering whether to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as their healthcare providers, friends, and family. The working group that developed this resource consists of experts in the fields of OB/GYN, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Shared Decision-Making and risk communication, Emergency Medicine, and current COVID-19 research.


Please direct any questions to Dr. Elizabeth Schoenfeld ( Feedback on this decision aid can be provided via the survey link on page 5.

"For most people, getting the COVID vaccine as soon as possible is the safest choice. However, trials testing the vaccine in pregnant and breastfeeding women have not been completed. The information [in this decision aid] will help you make an informed choice about whether to get the COVID vaccine while you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant."

COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy (ACOG)

Follow this link to read about advocacy and outreach, official comments, letters, and additional resources about the COVID-19 vaccine by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Click here to read ACOG's Clinical Guidance Practice Advisory on vaccinating pregnant and lactating patients against COVID-19 (published December 13th, 2020).

"ACOG recommends that COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination based on ACIP-recommended priority groups... COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP."

COVID-19 Publications and Clinical Guidance (SMFM)

The Board of Directors, Publications Committee, and volunteer leaders for the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have created several resources to guide MFM care and practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to view the full resource list.

Resource Highlights: Click the links to access.

  1. SMFM Response to FDA Decision to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine to Pregnant and Lactating People (published December 11th, 2020)

  2. SMFM Provider Considerations for COVID-19 Vaccine Counseling with Pregnant and Lactating Patients (published December 15th, 2020)

"SMFM strongly recommends that pregnant and lactating people have access to the COVID-19 vaccines and that they engage in a discussion about potential benefits and unknown risks with their healthcare providers regarding receipt of the vaccine."

A cooperative voluntary program involving Massachusetts maternity facilities and key perinatal stakeholders, designed to promote the sharing of best practices of care.