FAQ for Pregnant Members

COVID-19: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Frequently Asked Questions

Ohio Medicaid members who are pregnant – Get your COVID-19 Vax on the Spot to protect yourself and your baby!

Did you know that people who are pregnant are more likely to get very sick with COVID-19 compared with people who are not pregnant? Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is your best defense against the virus.

The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for people who are pregnant and evidence about the safety of the vaccine for those who are pregnant is growing! In fact, health experts say that the vaccine helps your body work to protect your baby!

Now until June 30, Ohio Medicaid members who are pregnant will receive a $100 gift card for getting your first COVID-19 vaccine with your health plan member ID card.

Hear from Medicaid moms on why they chose to get vaccinated to protect their life and the lives of their babies.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

COVID-19 Vaccines: Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Q: If I am pregnant or planning to become pregnant, can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. In addition, everyone who is eligible, including those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future, should get a booster shot. If you have questions about getting vaccinated, talking with your healthcare professional might help, but is not required.3

Q: Why is it important for pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

A: People with COVID-19 during pregnancy are more likely to experience preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks) and stillbirth and might be more likely to have other pregnancy complications compared to people without COVID-19 during pregnancy.3 Data also indicates that 97% of pregnant people hospitalized, either for illness or labor and delivery, with confirmed COVID-19 were unvaccinated.1
People who are pregnant or recently pregnant are also at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with people who are not pregnant. Severe illness includes illness that requires hospitalization, intensive care, need for a ventilator or special equipment to breathe, or illness that results in death.2

Q: Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect my baby if I’m vaccinated while pregnant?

A: COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy builds antibodies that might protect the baby. When people receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, their bodies build antibodies against COVID-19. Antibodies made after a pregnant person received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine were found in umbilical cord blood. This means COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy might help protect babies against COVID-19. More data are needed to determine how these antibodies, similar to those produced with other vaccines, may provide protection to the baby. 2

Q: Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for me to get if I’m pregnant?

A: Yes. Evidence suggests that the benefits of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

Early data from three safety monitoring systems did not find any safety concerns for people who received the vaccine late in pregnancy or for their babies.

COVID-19 vaccines do not cause COVID-19 infection, including in people who are pregnant or their babies. None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain live virus and cannot make anyone sick with COVID-19, including people who are pregnant or their babies.2

Q: Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am breastfeeding?

A: Yes. COVID-19 vaccines cannot cause COVID-19 infection in anyone, including the mother or the baby, and vaccines are effective at preventing COVID-19 in people who are breastfeeding. Recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies. More data are needed to determine what level of protection these antibodies may provide to the baby.2

Q: Will the COVID-19 vaccine affect my fertility?

A: There is currently no evidence that vaccine ingredients or antibodies made following COVID-19 vaccination would cause any problems with becoming pregnant now or in the future.4 A recent study found no differences in pregnancy success rates among women who had antibodies from COVID-19 vaccines or from a recent COVID-19 infection, and women who had no antibodies.4
Like with all vaccines, scientists are studying COVID-19 vaccines carefully for side effects and will report findings as they become available.4

Q: Is there any risk of having a miscarriage from being vaccinated?

A: The CDC states there is no increased risk of first trimester loss in patients who receive any of the three vaccines.2

Q: Can I get the COVID-19 booster shot if I am pregnant?

A: Yes. Similar to your initial vaccine does, booster shots are recommended for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now or who might become pregnant in the future. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you from severe illness from COVID-19.3

Sources:

  1. https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/2021/han00453.asp
  2. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/pregnant-people.html 
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/planning-for-pregnancy.html 

For more information, visit CDC.gov

Click on the logo of your Medicaid plan below to find more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, transportation and more. Or call member services at your health plan. You can find the number on the back of your healthcare member ID card.