A recently updated Practice Advisory from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) provides an overview of the latest guidance for COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant and lactating patients.
The Practice Advisory1 was developed by ACOG’s Immunization, Infectious Disease, and Public Health Preparedness Expert Work Group in collaboration with Laura E. Riley, MD; Richard Beigi, MD; Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH; Brenna L. Hughes, MD, MSc; Geeta Swamy, MD; Linda O’Neal Eckert, MD; Mark Turrentine, MD; and Sarah Carroll, MPH. The Practice Advisory will reflect any changes as more data are collected about the vaccines and their use in specific populations.
Available data suggest that symptomatic pregnant patients with COVID-19 are at an increased risk of more severe illness than nonpregnant patients.2
The absolute risk for severe COVID-19 is low; however, data suggest an increased risk of ICU admission, need for medical ventilatory support (ECMO) and death reported in pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 infection when compared to symptomatic non-pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has listed pregnancy as a risk factor for severe COVID-19 infection.