You can get a COVID-19 vaccine if you're 18+ and pregnant or think you might be, breastfeeding or trying for a baby or might get pregnant in the future.
Here are the facts about the COVID-19 vaccine and women who are of childbearing age:
- There's no evidence the COVID-19 vaccines have any effect on your chances of becoming pregnant
There's no need to avoid getting pregnant after being vaccinated.
You cannot catch COVID-19 from the vaccines and cannot pass it to your baby through your breast milk
- If you have any concerns, you can chat to your midwife or GP.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives provide lots of information about COVID-19 vaccines.
Watch the short video below of Emma McCartney, Antenal Clinic Manager at the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, who talks about the misinformation around fertility and the COVID-19 vaccine.
You can also download a helpful poster developed by obstetricians at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust which offers some reassurance around the vaccines.
Women who remain concerned can speak to a GP, and vaccinators will also be able to discuss any issues with you when you attend your vaccine appointment.
Below is a collection of resources for women of childbearing age:
- What do the experts in New Cross Hospital’s maternity department think?
- Gov.uk: Information leaflet for all women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding on COVID-19 vaccination
- Public Health England: Video message from Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam’s on fertility and the COVID-19 vaccination
- NHS.uk also provide guidance: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have produced a number of videos: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/