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COVID-19, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Internationally, many people have been given this vaccine while pregnant and large-scale surveillance data indicate that there are no safety concerns with administering this COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. Vaccinating during pregnancy may also offer temporary protection for newborns across the placenta and in breast milk via passive immunity through the transfer of antibody.

If you are hapū pregnant

You can get the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. The vaccine protects you as you are far less likely to fall seriously ill, and can also protect your baby. Evidence shows that babies can get antibodies through the placenta. If you catch COVID-19 when you’re pregnant, you are more likely to become very unwell. 

There is no evidence that the vaccine is associated with an increased risk of miscarriage during pregnancy. 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. 

It's important to tell your midwife or maternity team if you have symptoms of COVID-19. You can ask them for help with any other concerns as you usually would.

If you are breastfeeding

If you are breastfeeding, you can get the Pfizer vaccine at any time. Studies show there are no additional safety concerns or issues with continuing to breastfeed after vaccination.  If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, there is evidence that you can provide extra protection for your baby through antibodies in your breastmilk.  

If you are trying for a baby

If you are planning to get pregnant, you can get the Pfizer vaccine at any time. It will not affect your genes or fertility.

Questions?

The COVID-19 vaccine is pregnancy is supported by the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We have compiled a list of links below, where you can find useful information and videos. You can also discuss the vaccination with your Lead Maternity Carer (LMC), hospital Midwives if you are currently a patient in hospital, and Obstetrician. 

Visiting restrictions at Alert Level 2

Please contact your local maternity unit for the most up to date information, before visiting.

Booking a vaccine

You can book a vaccine by clicking one of the following links in the related content section below.