You can get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant or think you might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future.
Here are the facts:
- There’s no evidence the COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant
- There’s no need to avoid getting pregnant after being vaccinated
- You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines and cannot pass it to your baby through your breast milk
- It is better for you, and your baby, to have the vaccine rather than the COVID infection – watch the video below to find out how COVID-19 affects pregnant women
Below is a collection of resources for women of childbearing age or those that are pregnant or breastfeeding:
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have produced a webpage with lots of useful information for healthcare professionals and pregnant women about COVID-19 vaccination several useful resources: www.rcog.org.uk/covid-vaccine
- Gov.uk: Information leaflet for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on COVID-19 vaccination
- NHS.uk also provide guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
The Royal College of Midwives and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists jointly state there is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility or harm the baby. Such claims are speculative and not supported by any data.
Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age who are coming forward for their first dose. Anyone who has already received their first dose and is offered their second one whilst pregnant, should have a second dose with the same vaccine unless they receive alternative advice from a health professional.
Last Updated on 8 September 2021