Published research and real-world evidence from other countries has shown that mRNA vaccines are safe for pregnant women,1 provide protection to babies in utero and through breastfeeding,2 and do not affect fertility in either men or women.
The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommend that all pregnant women are offered mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna at any stage of pregnancy.1, 2, 3, 4
Pregnant women, people planning pregnancy and people breastfeeding should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at any stage of pregnancy.1, 2, 3, 4 Global evidence has shown that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe for pregnant women, if you are planning pregnancy and if you are breastfeeding.2, 4
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are recommended for pregnant women because these vaccines have been given to over 140,000 pregnant women in the United States and the data has not raised any safety concerns.5 At least 62,000 thousand pregnant women in the United Kingdom have had at least one dose of the vaccine, also without any safety concerns.5
If you are trying to become pregnant, you do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.2
Vaccination is the best way to reduce your risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. Those who are pregnant and their unborn baby have a significantly higher risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 than non-pregnant people:
- 5 times higher risk of requiring a hospital admission.
- 2-3 times higher risk of needing treatment in a hospital intensive care unit.
- 1.5 times higher chance of being born preterm or admission to a special care nursery.1, 2
Published research and real-world evidence from other countries has shown that mRNA vaccines are safe for pregnant women.1 Over 200,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated in the USA and UK, with no adverse effects on the person, pregnancy or baby.1
The AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can be considered if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy if you cannot access Pfizer or Moderna and if the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks for you.2
COVID-19 vaccination may also provide indirect protection to babies by transferring antibodies through the placenta during pregnancy or through breastmilk while breastfeeding.2
The New England Journal of Medicine Preliminary Findings of mRNA Covid-19 Vaccine Safety in Pregnant Persons
Nature Medicine Effectiveness of the BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy
Obstetrics & Gynaecology Short-term outcome of pregnant women vaccinated with BNT162b2 mRNA COVID-19 vaccine
Queensland Health COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy – what you need to know
The Royal Women’s Hospital Victoria Australia Vaccine information
Queensland Health COVID-19 information for pregnancy
Centres for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Vaccines While Pregnant or Breastfeeding