COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy

Key messages

From the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)

  • COVID-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy. Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby.
  • Women may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. However, as for the non-pregnant population, pregnant women can receive a COVID-19 vaccine even if they have not had a discussion with a healthcare professional.
  • You should not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Women trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination and there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility.
  • Having a COVID-19 vaccine will not remove the requirement for employers to carry out a risk assessment for pregnant employees, which should follow the rules set out in this government guidance.

Get vaccinated

Key stats

From the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS) and RCOG

  • Data shows that the number of pregnant people admitted to hospitals in England up to July 2021 with moderate to severe COVID-19 has increased since the emergence of the delta variant
  • In the three months to 30 July, 171 pregnant people were admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms of which 98% were unvaccinated and three had received a single dose of vaccine
  • Approximately one in fie admitted to hospital with COVID-19 gave birth prematurely and their likelihood of having a Caesarean section also rose
  • Data from the US, where more than 130,000 people have had the vaccine in pregnancy, raises no safety concerns
  • It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of pregnant people in the UK are not vaccinated

Get tested

All women and their support persons should have a rapid lateral flow test twice a week during the pregnancy.

Film

GP and new mum Rosanna (with baby Ted) talks about why being vaccinated during pregnancy is safer for you and your baby.

Further information

Choose us

Self refer online


Get help (maternity helpline)

Chelsea and Westminster
T: 020 3315 6000

West Middlesex
T: 020 8321 5839 

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Mum & Baby app

Our Mum & Baby app supports your journey with us through your pregnancy, birth and life with your baby—download it today!

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Care Information Exchange

The Care Information Exchange gives you online access to your results, scans and appointments during your pregnancy. Find out more.

eRedbook app

eRedbook is an NHS-approved app that allows you to keep a secure digital record of your child's health and development—download and register today!

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