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WNY COVID Working Group: Vaccines and Pregnancy

Released: 4/15/2021 10:19:31 AM

The WNY COVID Working Group - a group of more than 20 healthcare and health-related organizations - released information today about the COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy, fertility and lactation.


  • There is no evidence the COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility. There are no scientifically credible concerns.
  • The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends vaccination for all eligible people who may consider future pregnancy.


  • ACOG states that vaccines should not be withheld for pregnant persons. Current data show no increased risk from the vaccines.
  • Pregnant individuals are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 infection, including risk of ICU admission and death.
  • There were no safety concerns found in studies in animals receiving the Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy.
  • Ongoing monitoring of pregnant persons has shown no increased risk from the vaccines.
  • When a pregnant person gets a vaccine, it may provide protection to the baby.
  • If you are pregnant and have received a COVID-19 vaccine, please consider enrolling in V-safe’s pregnancy registry. V-safe is CDC’s smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to monitor for side effects after vaccination:


  • ACOG recommends the vaccine be offered to lactating patients similar to non-lactating patients.


Gale Burstein, MD, MPH, Erie County Department of Health
Richard A. Carlson, Jr., MD, Primary Care IPA
Richard Charles, MD, General Physician, PC
Joe Chow, MD, Immediate Care
Tyler Connine, MD, UB Emergency Medicine Residency
John Craik, JD, Population Health Collaborative
Tanvir Dara, MD, WellNow Urgent Care
Kathleen Dyson, MD, Community Pediatric Associates of WNY
Aimana ElBahtity, Esq., Medical Society of Erie County
John Fudyma, MD, MPH, Latus Medical Care
Ken Garbarino, MD, Family Choice of New York
Kevin Gibbons, MD, UBMD
Kathleen Grisanti, MD, Pediatric and Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY
Ed Heidelberger, MD, PhD, Bertrand Chaffee Hospital
Allana Krolikowski, MD, Jericho Road
Jeffrey Lackner, PsyD, UB Division of Behavioral Medicine
Charlene Ludlow, RN, MHA, Erie County Medical Center
James C. Matteliano, DDS, Eighth District Dental Society
Jason Matuszak, MD, Excelsior Orthopaedics
Mike Merrill, MD, MS, MBA, Independent Health
Katherine Mullin, MD, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jamie Nadler, MD, Kaleida Health
Margaret Paroski, MD, MMM, Catholic Medical Partners
Sucharita Paul, MD, MPH, UBMD Emergency Medicine
Mark F. Perry, MD, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
John Sellick, DO, MS, VA Western New York Healthcare System
Samuel Shatkin, MD, Aesthetic Associates Center
Kevin Shiley, MD, Catholic Health
Stephen Turkovich, MD, Oishei Children’s Hospital
Willie Underwood, MD, MSc, MPH, Buffalo Center For Health Equity
Raul Vazquez, MD, Urban Family Practice
Joyce Zmuda, MD, Optimum Physician Alliance


The ILI/COVID Working Group of Western New York was formed in response to local variation in approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Influenza-Like-Illness and COVID-19 in the region. It is a collaborative effort of hospital systems, academic departments, independent practice associations, and insurers. The logos and signatures on this document represent the organizations’ support of this statement.

For previous statements and information from the WNY COVID-19 Work Group, visit