Pregnant OB-GYN gets COVID-19 vaccine; says benefits 'outweigh the risks’

A Westchester OB-GYN at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital says many of her pregnant and breast-feeding patients are struggling with their decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because there is little data on the matter.

News 12 Staff

Jan 8, 2021, 10:56 PM

Updated 1,262 days ago

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A Westchester OB-GYN at NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital says many of her pregnant and breast-feeding patients are struggling with their decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine because there is little data on the matter.
Dr. Victoria Chiaro, who is currently pregnant, decided to get the vaccination to protect herself as a front-line worker and to protect her unborn baby, she says.
"To me, the benefits were very clear and outweigh the risks," she told News 12. "The anxiety is very palpable. Women don't want to make the wrong decision. I can feel that in the office."
Vaccine manufacturers, such as Pfizer, are now preparing to begin trials with pregnant and breastfeeding women. Despite the lack of research, several organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now recommending pregnant and breastfeeding women be offered the vaccine.
Dr. Chiaro recommends women speak with their doctors about the vaccine. She says it’s up to each woman to make their own decision. She says there is also the possibility that pregnant and breastfeeding women who get vaccinated could pass immunity to their babies. That is something that may be learned when studies are completed.


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