All pregnant women are now eligible to receive the Pfizer Covid 19 vaccination regardless of age or employment.
You may call the National coronavirus Hotline (1800 020 080) to find your closest and best vaccination clinic.
In the United States over 130,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated mainly with mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna and this has not raised any safety concerns.
The large trials which showed that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective did not include pregnant women. However, there is no reason to think that the vaccines will not protect pregnant women effectively against COVID-19. Similarly, there is no reason to think that the vaccine will have worse side-effects in pregnant women.
COVID-19 vaccines do not contain ingredients that are known to be harmful to pregnant women or to a developing baby. Studies of the vaccines in animals to look at the effects on pregnancy have shown no evidence that the vaccine causes harm to the pregnancy or to fertility.
The COVID-19 vaccines are not ‘live’ vaccines and so cannot cause COVID-19 infection in you or your baby. Vaccines based on live viruses are avoided in pregnancy in case they infect the developing baby and cause harm. However, non-live vaccines have previously been shown to be safe in pregnancy (for example, flu and whooping cough). Pregnant women are offered other non-live vaccines, such as those against flu.
The alternative to vaccination is to isolate and take all the other precautions during the current outbreak and lockdown.
Also be particularly vigilant regarding the other public health measures:
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updated 25 July 2021
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