COVID-19 and flu vaccines in pregnancy
Information about COVID-19 vaccines recommended in pregnancy.
The vaccine is safe and effective at any stage of pregnancy.
Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of covid-19 in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby.
Pregnant women may wish to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. However, as for the non-pregnant population, pregnant women can receive a covid-19 vaccine even if they have not had a discussion with a healthcare professional.
In addition, influenza (flu) can be a serious disease in pregnant women. To protect women and their babies the flu vaccination is recommended.
You can book an appointment for a COVID vaccine at nhs.uk/covidvaccine
You can obtain a flu vaccine from your GP or local pharmacist
OR speak with your Community Midwife
- Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives information sheet and decision aid
- Gov.uk Covid-19 vaccination: a guide on pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Gov.uk: A guide to COVID-19 vaccination Information on pregnancy and breastfeeding PDF
- Vaccine Knowledge Project – University of Oxford (flu)
- Public Health England: flu, your pregnancy and you