I’m pregnant. Should I still get the vaccine?
The vaccine is available to pregnant and breastfeeding women, however you should talk to your doctor first. Your doctor will help you consider the risks and the benefits.
Pregnant women can be at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. COVID-19 in pregnancy can also lead to concerning issues such as preeclampsia, preterm birth and stillbirth. The vaccine can offer protection against the virus, but it is important to know that pregnant and breastfeeding women were not included in the vaccine clinical trials so there is limited data available. At this point, there are no known safety concerns.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada has provided guidance, suggesting the risk of infection and severe illness from COVID-19 outweighs the potential risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.
You can learn more from:
• Information for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals (Manitoba Public Health)
• The impact of COVID-19 on pregnancy outcomes (Medical journal article)