Getting vaccinated is an important step to protect yourself and your pēpi from COVID-19.
You can get the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, if you’re breastfeeding or trying for a baby. 
If you are pregnant
Getting vaccinated

If you’re pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) at any stage of your pregnancy.

The vaccine protects you as you’re far less likely to fall seriously ill. It also protects your pēpi as there is evidence that babies can get antibodies through the placenta that help protect them from COVID-19.

Being vaccinated also means you’re less likely to transmit the virus to others. It helps protect tamariki in your family who are too young to be vaccinated, and older whanāu members (such as grandparents) you’re spending time with.

There is insufficient data on the use of Novavax in pregnant people, so Pfizer remains the preferred choice of vaccine for this group.

It is recommended that pregnant people receive a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine to help protect them and their baby against the effects of COVID-19. The booster vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy.

If you are 18 or over, you can get your booster at least 3 months after your primary course (for most people, this is 2 doses). If you are 16 or 17, you can get a Pfizer booster at least 6 months after completing your primary course.

You should discuss the timing of your booster with your midwife, obstetrician or doctor.

Risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy

If you catch COVID-19 when you’re pregnant, you are more likely to become very unwell.

If you’re not vaccinated, you are more likely to be admitted to the intensive care unit – particularly with the Delta variant.

There are also increased risks for babies. Babies are five times more likely to be born prematurely and require neonatal intensive care.

Vaccine safety

Millions of pregnant people have been vaccinated around the world.

Data shows no evidence that the vaccine is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during pregnancy, and no additional safety concerns have been raised.

The Pfizer vaccine does not contain a live virus or any ingredients that are harmful to pregnant people or their babies.

If you are breastfeeding
Getting vaccinated

If you’re breastfeeding, you can get a COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) at any time.

Studies show there are no additional safety concerns or issues with continuing to breastfeed after vaccination.

Breastfeeding supports the development of a healthy immune system, and if you’re vaccinated against COVID-19, there is evidence that you can provide extra protection for your pēpi through antibodies in your breastmilk.

If you are trying for a baby
Getting vaccinated

If you’re planning a pregnancy, you can get the Pfizer vaccine at any time.

The Pfizer vaccine will not affect your genes or fertility.

The mRNA from the vaccine does not enter the nucleus of any cells, which is where your DNA is.

"If there's a way that can be prevented, I would 100% take it". 

Ruthie was seven months pregnant when she contracted COVID-19 at a tangi. This is her story. 

Sarah is pregnant and was hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine. She decided not to get the vaccine initially, but when the Delta variant started to spread, she changed her mind.

After talking with other people who were pregnant, and with her obstetrician, she decided that getting the COVID-19 vaccine was the best thing for her and her baby.

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