It is important for everyone to receive the vaccine when their time comes to prevent them from becoming seriously ill. It is no different in pregnancy and the COVID-19 virus can make women very unwell in the later stages of pregnancy.
The government advises that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are preferrable for pregnant women and people aged under 40.
If you’ve delayed having your vaccine because you’ve have been worried about the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine on the ability to start a family, pregnancy or breastfeed, the next steps may also provide reassurance.
Government advice on pregnancy, fertility and breastfeeding says that anyone who has already started vaccination and is offered a second dose whilst pregnant, should have a second dose with the same vaccine unless they had a serious side effect after the first dose.
There’s a video with more information available on YouTube from Victoria Male. Victoria is a fellow and lecturer in reproductive immunology at Imperial College London.
A guide for women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding has been published by Public Health England.
You can listen to children’s nanny Joanna who is 24 weeks pregnant and took advice during her vaccine appointment and listen to Danielle who is getting married later this year and plans to start at family.