The COVID Vaccine and Surrogate Pregnancy: What You Need to Know
Updated April 24, 2023
We are three years out of the start of the global pandemic – COVID-19 – that brought the world to a stop. The pandemic brought about many changes in our daily lives, including masking, outdoor dining, remote learning (how did we survive THAT?) and an appreciation of time with family.
What didn't stop during the pandemic was the desire for some to start or grow their families through surrogacy. And that wish for family continues – more and more intended parents are turning to surrogacy to become parents.
Many women became surrogates and gave birth during the pandemic. While it was trickier in some situations during isolation and border clinic closures, we made it through! So many beautiful babies were born and families were created. And now, things are back to "normal" for surrogates, egg donors and intended parents.
But the question is still out there about the COVID vaccine, surrogacy and pregnancy.
Do I need to have the COVID vaccine (be vaccinated) in order to be a surrogate?
In short, no you do not need to be vaccinated in order to be a surrogate. However, not being vaccinated may limit you in which agencies, clinics and intended parents you can work with.
At Circle Surrogacy, we getting the COVID-19 vaccine is not a requirement to be a surrogate. Circle partners with some clinics who also do not require the vaccine. While many intended parents do wish for a surrogate to be vaccinated, we do have intended parents who do not list the COVID vaccine as something they are looking for in a surrogate match.
What are the rules around the COVID vaccine and pregnancy?
According to the CDC, evidence continues to build showing that receiving the COVID-19 vaccination before and during pregnancy is safe, effective and beneficial to both the surrogate and the baby. The CDC website shares the following points:
The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause COVID-19 (including in people who are pregnant or the babies)
Scientists have not found an increased risk for miscarriage
Vaccination with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of pregnancy complications
Vaccination during pregnancy builds antibodies that can help protect the baby
The decision whether or not to get the COVID vaccine (or subsequent "boosters") is 100% a personal decision. Choosing to not get vaccinated will not eliminate your chances of being a surrogate!
You can apply to become a surrogate by clicking here.