What You Need to Know

Updated on April 24, 2023

It’s been three years since the start of the global pandemic – COVID-19 – that brought the world to a standstill. The pandemic has brought about many changes in our daily lives, including masking, outdoor dining, remote learning (how did we survive THAT?) and an appreciation for time with family.

What has not stopped during the pandemic is the desire for some to start or grow their families through surrogacy. And that desire 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. Although it was more confusing in some situations during the separation and closing of the clinic at the border, we succeeded! So many beautiful babies were born and families were formed. 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 have to have a COVID vaccine (vaccinate) to be a surrogate?

In other words, you don’t have to be vaccinated to be a surrogate. However, not being vaccinated can limit you in which agencies, clinics and intended parents you can work with.

At Circle Surrogacy, getting the vaccine for COVID-19 is not required to be a surrogate. The circle partners with several clinics that also do not require vaccination. While many intended parents wish to vaccinate a surrogate, we 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 the reception of vaccination against COVID-19 before and during pregnancy is safe, effective and beneficial for the surrogate and the baby. The CDC website shares the following points:

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is not reason COVID-19 (including pregnant people or infants)
  • The scientists did not find an increased risk for miscarriage
  • Immunization with mRNA COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of pregnancy complications
  • Vaccination during pregnancy generates antibodies that help protect the baby

The decision whether or not to get the COVID vaccine (or subsequent “boosters”) is 100% a personal decision. Choosing not to vaccinate will not eliminate your chances of becoming a surrogate!

You can apply to be a surrogate by clicking here.

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