Can COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy cause birth defects?

Over 6 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally. There have been no vaccine safety signals identified on potential increase of incidence of birth defects in babies of vaccinated persons. Congenital malformations can occur no matter of whether a person has received vaccination against COVID-19. Therefore, since billions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered globally, the chance that such a rare event could coincide in time with vaccination is high.

Pregnant women are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The risk presented by COVID-19 disease is much higher than any potential risk of COVID-19 vaccination, including during pregnancy.