Actress and new mama Emmy Rossum is speaking out about getting the COVID vaccine.

The "Shameless" star, who welcomed her first child on May 24th with husband Sam Esmail, has the unique perspective of someone who was vaccinated while pregnant.

Sharing the first photo of her daughter, Rossum writes on Instagram, "When I was pregnant I got vaccinated. Not only did we have a healthy, beautiful baby girl but we also just learned our daughter now has antibodies. In short, stop being an irresponsible idiot and get the vaccine."


In choosing to protect herself and her baby, Rossum is using her platform to take a stand against those who question the validity of getting vaccinated.

Rossum's post garnered lots of support from fellow celebrities and fans alike, including a few of her Shameless costars.

When it comes to the COVID vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting vaccinated if you are pregnant, as you are at a greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19 or a developing variant. In the same way you would receive a flu shot while pregnant to protect against the flu, the vaccination is strongly suggested.

And while the research is limited thus far, there is growing evidence that vaccinations are safe during pregnancy, as well as the benefit of antibodies that the baby would receive as a result, as was the case with Rossum's daughter.

In addition to a baby receiving antibodies as a result of their mother's vaccination, a new study has also found that infants can receive antibodies through their mother's breastmilk. According to the CDC, antibodies are proteins created by your immune system that help you fight off infections. They are created after you have been infected or have been vaccinated against an infection.

If you are pregnant and still have questions about receiving the vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider for insight.