Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for new and expecting moms?

Local News

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) – One of the major concerns of taking the COVID-19 vaccines is how it could affect someone who is pregnant or nursing.

For Avera Physician Dr. Catherine Brockmeier, working during the COVID-19 pandemic made it hard to carry on about the day.

“Through some of the worst surges that we saw here in Sioux Falls in South Dakota,” Brockmeier said.

At the same time, she was also carrying her fourth child. She found out she was pregnant April 2020 and then gave birth to her son on November 20th.

Dr. Brockmeier and her newborn son.

“I, fortunately, think I got by without contacting the virus, which is good,” Brockmeier said.

Four weeks later, on December 19, she got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Dr. Brockmeier says there was concern from new or expecting mothers about taking the vaccine. She says this stems from when it was still in development and they were excluded from tests.

“We do have ways to compare it to other vaccines that we deliver in pregnancy and in breast feeding. The COVID vaccine is not a ‘live virus vaccine’ so it’s thought to be safe to be given in pregnant and breast feeding women just like we do the influenza shot or the whooping cough shot,” Brockmeier said.

She got her second round last Friday. She says the most she felt was a slight headache. Dr. Brockmeier stresses that it’s actually riskier for pregnant women to get COVID itself than the vaccine.

Dr. Brockmeier gets the 2nd round of the Pfizer vaccine.

“If you are to get COVID while you’re pregnant you’re more likely to be hospitalized, you’re more likely to have severe symptoms, you’re more likely to be intubated. So, avoiding COVID in that patient population is particularly important,” Brockmeier said.

She says this is a big reason why they stress pregnant women consider getting the vaccine. There’s also the possibility of developing antibodies and passing them on to their kids.

“The vaccine itself doesn’t get to the baby when you’re breast-feeding but the antibodies that moms make in turn do. And so we’re able to provide some protection to our newborns,” Brockmeier said.

The Brockmeier family.

​Dr. Brockmeier goes on to recommend that expecting women should consult their healthcare providers to see if getting the vaccine would be right for them.

Keep reading

Your Guide To

KELOLAND News is covering the COVID-19 pandemic. This is your guide to everything you need to know to prepare. We also have the latest stories from across the globe feeding into this page.


  • USF women earn weekend sweep of Winona State
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)– Led by career highs from Anna Brecht (22 points) and Hannah Jones (17 points) plus 20 points from Anna Goodhope, the University of Sioux Falls Women’s Basketball Team (4-0, 4-0 NSIC) swept the Winona State Warriors (0-3, 0-2 NSIC) with a 73-67 win in the Stewart Center on Sunday.
  • PREVIEW: Huron superintendent discusses Noem’s history initiative
    South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has outlined a plan to make “instructional materials and classroom resources” about U.S. and South Dakota history.
  • Storm Center PM Update – Sunday, January 17
    We were able to get in on some sunshine this morning, including some gorgeous sunrises across parts of KELOLAND that have been dealing with a lot of cloud cover lately. Sadly, the break was short-lived. Cloud cover […]

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Continuing The Conversation
See Full Weather Forecast

Trending Stories

Don't Miss!

More Don't Miss
More Contests