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:

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.

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Fertility

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.

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