Pregnancy and breastfeeding

The COVID-19 vaccine is strongly recommended in pregnancy. 

  • It is important for pregnant women to get both doses of the vaccine, and the booster dose, to protect themselves against COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine can be given at any stage during pregnancy.
  • Make sure you know as much as you can about the COVID-19 vaccines and the risk of COVID-19 in pregnancy. More information at nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccinepregnancy
  • The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that the COVID-19 vaccine can be given to women who are breastfeeding.
  • If you are breastfeeding, or planning to breastfeed, you can continue breastfeeding after vaccination. You can continue breastfeeding as normal after vaccination.

Fertility 

  • There is no evidence to suggest the COVID-19 vaccine will affect fertility in women or men.
  • If you are thinking of getting pregnant, the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your baby against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy.
  • You do not need to avoid pregnancy after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.