The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) says there is no known risk in giving the currently available COVID-19 vaccines to breastfeeding women and that breastfeeding women can be offered vaccination.
There is lack of safety data on breastfeeding women. The benefits of breastfeeding are well known and should also be considered.
If you are eligible and have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine while you are breast-feeding, you should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with your healthcare professional.
COVID vaccines have been given to millions of women with no evidence of fertility problems. Also there is no way scientists know of how vaccines could affect fertility, and there are not any vaccines that affect fertility. You can discuss any concerns you have about this with your healthcare professional.
Further information on COVID-19 vaccines and fertility is available from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
Yes. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated their advice on 16 April 2021, stating that all pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the UK roll out. You will be offered the vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on your age and clinical risk group.
The information in the leaflet linked here will help you make an informed decision on the COVID-19 vaccine if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant.
If you have further questions, speak to your doctor or midwife. They will be able to discuss with you the benefits and potential risks of vaccination, based on your personal situation. Pregnant women should be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where possible as these vaccines have been given to over 90,000 pregnant women in the US with no safety concerns.
Further information on COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding is available from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.