February 2, 2021
At Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women®, our commitment to the safety and well-being of our patients remains our top priority, especially during this critical time. We are proud to be your choice for care and thank you for being part of our Texas Children’s family.
Currently we are only vaccinating Texas Children's patients. As vaccines are available, we will contact those who meet the State’s 1B criteria, and in accordance with our equitable allocation framework, to schedule an appointment. Currently, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for people age 16 and older and the Moderna vaccine is approved for those 18 and older. We will work diligently to communicate with those who meet the State’s 1B criteria, and in accordance with our equitable allocation framework, to provide the vaccine equitably.
Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions and resources. It’s important to note that information about COVID-19 changes rapidly and this page will be updated with the latest information as it becomes available.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I receive the vaccine?
- As vaccines are available, we will contact those who meet the State’s 1B criteria, and in accordance with our equitable allocation framework, to schedule an appointment.
Which vaccine are you administering to patients?
- Currently, we will administer both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Vaccines are allocated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and patients will receive one of these two products.
Can those who are pregnant receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
- The decision to receive the COVID-19 vaccine should be made with your provider about not only the vaccines risks and benefits, but your risk of getting moderate or severe disease if you were to remain unvaccinated and get infected with the virus.
- The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) and the American College of Obstetrician Gynecologists (ACOG) has issued guidance statements to aid in patients evaluating the benefits and potential risks.
Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?
No. COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live virus, so the American Society for Reproductive Medicine says the vaccine is not thought to cause an increased risk of infertility, miscarriage, stillbirth or birth defects.
Misleading information on social media suggests the vaccine could cause an immune response to a spike protein on the COVID-19 virus’ surface, and this immune response could also attack similar proteins that make up the placenta. This incorrect information leads people to think this decreases fertility in women. Experts say the coronavirus spike and placental protein have almost nothing in common, making the vaccine very unlikely to trigger a reaction. There is no evidence that mRNA vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine, cause the body to produce proteins that attack the placenta.
Also, Moderna presented early study information that showed no poor effects in animals on female reproduction, fetal or embryonic development or postnatal development.
While it may be possible for men who have COVID-19 to experience worsening underlying cardiovascular conditions, which could increase the risk of erectile dysfunction, more research in this area is needed. Since the COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19, it cannot cause erectile dysfunction in males.
What if I am nursing? Can the virus be transmitted to my infant or toddler through the vaccine?
- Because the vaccine does not contain a live virus, there is no virus to transmit with nursing.
Is there an increased miscarriage rate and/or risk?
- This is unknown at this time. However, it is felt that the benefits to the vaccine outweigh any possible small and still theoretical risks. In the Pfizer trial, the only women suffering miscarriage were in the placebo group. However, the data is simply not robust enough to make any conclusions.
Can I receive the vaccine if they I have symptoms of COVID-19?
- If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or are currently considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19, vaccination should be delayed until you have recovered from your illness and criteria is met for you to discontinue isolation.
Should I receive the vaccine if I have already had COVID-19?
- Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages vaccination regardless of history of prior symptomatic or asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection.
Can my child also receive the vaccine at Texas Children’s?
- Currently, we will only administer the vaccine to our patients who meet the State’s vaccination criteria.
When will children younger than 16 be able to receive the vaccine?
- At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is only approved for people age 16 and older and the Moderna vaccine is approved for those 18 and older, as the early clinical trials did not include children and younger teens. We are hopeful children and younger teens will be eligible in the future once additional safety and efficacy data is available.
- COVID-19 vaccines: Answering the big questions (December 14, 2020)
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccine (December 23, 2020)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
In the News
- Pregnant women should get COVID-19 vaccine, US doctors say, despite conflicting international advice – CNN
- Progress in the fight against the coronavirus is coming, but Texas is a long way from herd immunity – Texas Tribune
- COVID-19 Vaccine experiences from around the US – The Wall Street Journal
- New COVID variants are going to ‘hit us pretty hard,’ says Dr. Peter Hotez – CNBC
- CDC supports in-person instruction, according to new research – NBC 2 KPRC
- COVID-19 vaccine trials didn't include pregnant women. So what should they do? – Houston Chronicle
- COVID-19 vaccine: What you need to know when you get the shot – The Wall Street Journal
- Let the failures of government vaccine distribution be a warning – Forbes
- 7 things parents need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and kids – NBC 2 KPRC
- So you think your kid needs a COVID test – The New York Times