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Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I’m pregnant? What if I have a weakened immune system or already had COVID?

Last Updated: 03/01/2021

Pregnant or Breastfeeding Individuals

Individuals who are pregnant are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey, but should first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.

Pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. At the same time, there is limited data about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant.

Getting vaccinated is a personal choice for people who are pregnant and a discussion with a healthcare provider could help you make an informed decision.

For more information, refer to the CDC's vaccination considerations for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Individuals With Underlying Medical Conditions

Individuals with weakened immune systems are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in New Jersey, but should first discuss vaccination with their medical provider before receiving the vaccine.

According to the CDC, individuals with weakened immune systems might be at increased risk for severe COVID-19. At the same time, there is limited information about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for people who have weakened immune systems.

Getting vaccinated is a personal choice and a discussion with a healthcare provider could help you make an informed decision.

For more information, refer to the CDC's vaccination considerations for persons with underlying medical conditions.

Individuals Recovered From COVID-19

People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 should still get vaccinated.

At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.

Further information from the CDC on mRNA vaccination of persons with current or prior history of SARS-CoV-2 infection, exposure, or treatment can be found here and should be discussed with your healthcare provider.

Source:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/pregnancy.html;https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/underlying-conditions.html;Commissioner Persichilli's Remarks 1/13/21