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Pregnancy, breastfeeding and the coronavirus vaccine

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. However, the vaccine has still to be assessed in pregnancy. Therefore, if you're pregnant or planning a pregnancy, you should talk to your health professional before proceeding.

What you should know

At the moment, the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine isn’t routinely recommended if you're pregnant, as it hasn’t been tested on pregnant women. However, you may want to consider getting the vaccine if:

  • your risk of exposure to coronavirus is high and cannot be avoided
  • you have underlying conditions that place you at very high risk of serious complications of coronavirus.

In these circumstances, you should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your health professional (for example, your GP or health visitor).

If you find out you're pregnant after you've had the first dose of the vaccine, you should wait until you’re no longer pregnant before having the second dose (unless you are a high risk). 

Breastfeeding advice

If you're breastfeeding, or planning to breastfeed, you should talk to your health professional (for example, your GP or health visitor) before having the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccine - Pregnancy leaflet has more information about the coronavirus vaccination programme if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Coronavirus vaccination helpline

For more information about pregnancy, the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, phone 0800 030 8013 (8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week).

You can find out more about the vaccine at NHS Inform.