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May 5, 2021

Information on COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant Women
Since the roll out of the vaccines in December, we’ve heard concerns from pregnant women and those interested in having a family in the future about the potential impact of the vaccine on their current or future pregnancy.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant or lactating women.

There is currently no evidence that any vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, cause fertility problems—problems trying to get pregnant.

An article published on April 21, 2021 in the New England Journal of Medicine analyzed preliminary data regarding COVID-19 vaccine safety in pregnancy. Data was collected from several vaccine registries from December 14, 2020 to February 28, 2021, including over 35,000 pregnant women who received one of the m-RNA vaccines (Pfizer or Moderna). Preliminary findings do not show an increased risk of adverse pregnancy or neonatal outcomes (fetal loss, preterm birth, small for gestational age, congenital anomalies, neonatal death) in the pregnant women who received the vaccine when compared to data available from before the pandemic. More data will be available in the future and we will continue to assess the findings.

In addition, we know that pregnant women with COVID-19 are at increased risk for severe illness (including but not limited to admission to an intensive care unit, need for mechanical ventilation, and death) when compared to non-pregnant patients. Pregnant women who are diagnosed with COVID-19 in their pregnancy may also be at increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes (such as preterm birth) when compared to pregnant women without COVID-19.

If you are pregnant or hope to be in the future and have yet to get vaccinated, please take time to discuss your hesitancy with your provider.

20,000th Dose!
Our Vaccine Clinic team administered its 20,000th dose today. A special thank you to all those involved in the effort!

Our best path to normal operations is to vaccinate as many people as possible. If you have not registered for the COVID-19 vaccine, you are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible. You can register through the Hospital website ( or by calling 570-522-4530, option 1 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday.

20000 Vaccine Dose

Kendra Aucker,
President and CEO 


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