On Monday, December 28, Lauren McNoble, PA-C, Physician Assistant in Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Morningside, received the first dose of her COVID-19 vaccine—while 8 months pregnant!
Lauren, who is due January 14, shared some thoughts with us following her COVID vaccination. “Getting the vaccine was very easy and I had some very mild arm soreness afterwards for half a day.”
“I decided to get the vaccine because the risk of contracting COVID-19 while pregnant can lead to a more severe case of COVID-19, and I wanted to do everything to protect myself and my baby. If getting the vaccine could also pass on any form of immunity to my baby in utero or through breast milk, I wanted to take advantage of that while I was still pregnant.”
“I wasn’t nervous getting the vaccine because I had done a lot of independent research of the studies and the mechanism behind the mRNA vaccines. The support of organizations like ACOG [American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] and my OB [obstetrician] who encourage the vaccine in pregnant and breast feeding women helped my decision as well.”
If you are pregnant or of child-bearing age and have concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to speak to your OBGYN or primary care physician before receiving your vaccine.
You can also visit the Mount Sinai Health System COVID-19 website to learn more: mountsinai.org/COVID19.