Community notice Category: Notice
There is misinformation circulating regarding having the COVID-19 vaccine when pregnant or breastfeeding and the impact it may have on fertility. It is important to note the following government advice when making a decision:
- There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on fertility or your chances of becoming pregnant.
- COVID-19 vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against COVID-19 disease which can be serious in later pregnancy for some women.
- The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that the vaccines can be received whilst breastfeeding. The vaccine does not pass through to breast milk.
It is important for everyone to receive the vaccine when their time comes to prevent them from becoming seriously ill. It is no different in pregnancy and the COVID-19 virus can make women very unwell in the later stages of pregnancy.
The government advises that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferable for pregnant women and people aged under 40.
Please share this information with your communities and people you work with as vaccine uptake amongst this cohort is low and the number of pregnant women who are falling seriously ill is increasing.