Pregnancy and getting a COVID-19 vaccine

You should get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself from the virus if you're:

  • pregnant
  • trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future
  • breastfeeding

Most pregnant women who get the virus get mild to moderate symptoms. They give birth as planned and the risk of passing on COVID-19 to their baby is low.

But you are more likely to get very unwell and need treatment in intensive care than a woman who is not pregnant. The virus may also cause complications for your baby.

If you're unsure about getting a vaccine

Evidence shows COVID-19 vaccines are safe for you and your baby and protect you from getting very unwell. But COVID-19 vaccines are new. We are still learning about them.

Read advice on deciding to get a COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for a baby

How to get your vaccine if pregnant

Talk to your obstetrician, midwife or GP about the risks and benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Your maternity hospital or GP will arrange your COVID-19 vaccine for you if you are pregnant.

If you have discussed it with your healthcare team, you can also:

Doses during pregnancy

You will need 2 doses of your COVID-19 vaccine. It is safe to get your COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy.

Guidance has changed on doses during pregnancy because there is more evidence available.

You should get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered, following a discussion with your midwife, GP or obstetrician.

You can get your COVID-19 vaccine on the same day as any of the other vaccines you need during pregnancy, if you want.

Which vaccine

You will be offered the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Side effects

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild to moderate and do not last long.

You can take paracetamol if you have a fever (temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher). Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin.

Read about potential side effects after the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

This content was fact checked by vaccine experts working in Ireland.

Last updated: 16 November 2021 at 9.30am

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