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 can be offered either the:

The vaccine you get depends on supply. From 3 September, the HSE will only offer the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to pregnant women.

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:

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

Last updated: 16 November 2021 at 9.30am

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