What about COVID vaccination while I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Pregnant women are more likely to have severe illness from COVID and are at higher risk of pregnancy complications.
Women can safely receive the Pfizer COVID vaccine during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
It has been recommended by RANZCOG and ATAGI that pregnant women can receive Pfizer vaccination at any point in pregnancy and they are now a priority group.
Breastfeeding women can receive an approved COVID vaccination and do NOT need to stop breastfeeding to receive the vaccination.
Real-world evidence showed no additional risk to women and their babies from an approved COVID vaccination.
Research shows that antibodies made after COVID vaccination can cross the placenta or pass into breastmilk which may provide your baby with some protection.
Read more information about COVID vaccination and pregnancy or breastfeeding on the following links or chat to your GP for more advice.
Influenza and pertussis vaccination remain recommended during pregnancy also and is part of the routine recommended care during pregnancy. If you have any questions or concerns regarding vaccination, please chat to your GP or obstetrician.