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Vaccination, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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COVID-19 Vaccination Advice for Pregnant Women

COVID-19 infection in pregnancy carries a significantly higher risk of hospitalisation and severe illness when compared with the non-pregnant population, especially in the third trimester and brings a higher risk of preterm birth.

The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) both recommend vaccination as one of the best defences against severe infection.


Discuss the vaccine with us:

  • If you are pregnant and have questions about COVID-19 vaccination please talk to your midwife or obstetrician.
  • If you are pregnant and do not yet have a midwife please call our Community Midwives Office on 02920 745030.


Key information

  • The latest advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. Women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.
  • You should not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Women trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination and there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility.


Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists

Information sheet and decision aid

Questions and answers – COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breast feeding

Useful video about vaccination and pregnancy


Royal College of Midwives

Should I get a COVID-19 vaccine – guidance sheet

Vaccine facts – guidance for pregnant women

Vaccine questions and answers


Other useful links

NHS - Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and COVID-19 vaccination

Public Health Wales – COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

Public Health England - COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding

Public Health Wales  - COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy discussion video

Public Health Wales – COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy slide show

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