Vaccination and pregnancy: COVID-19
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Safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding
Pregnancy increases the risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Getting this disease during pregnancy increases the risk for:
- premature birth
- low birth weight
- caesarean delivery (C-section)
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends you get a complete series with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if you're pregnant or breastfeeding. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent serious illness, hospitalization and complications.
Evidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, has been growing from real-world use. The data shows that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding. No safety concerns were identified in a study of more than 35,000 pregnant people who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine within 30 days of conception.
Pregnant people can get vaccinated against COVID-19 at any time during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
Learn more about:
- COVID-19 mRNA vaccines
- COVID-19: Vaccine safety and side effects
- COVID-19 vaccines for children and youth
- Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Vaccines for COVID-19: How to get vaccinated
- Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada: COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy
- Post COVID-19 condition
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for everyone 12 years of age and older, including people who are planning a pregnancy.
Millions of people have received an mRNA vaccine in Canada and around the world. Monitoring data has shown no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines cause fertility problems in women or men.
Continue to follow public health measures
You should still follow safe practices for going out safely during COVID-19. Vaccination status is a consideration in making informed choices.
When enough people are vaccinated against COVID-19 and cases are down, it will be safer to lift public health measures that are restrictive.
Learn more about:
- Vaccination and pregnancy (printable poster)
- Caring for Kids (Canadian Paediatric Society)
- Vaccine safety and possible side effects
- A Parent's Guide to Vaccination
- Immunize Canada
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