Updated advice for vaccination and pregnancy
The Ministry of Health has updated its recommendations regarding COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women/people. People who are pregnant are now encouraged to get a COVID-19 vaccine as part of Group 3 in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at any stage of their pregnancy.
The updated advice is based on data from the large number of pregnant people who have already been vaccinated globally showing that there are no additional safety concerns with giving COVID-19 vaccines at any stage of pregnancy.
People who are pregnant can become very sick if they get COVID-19. Vaccinating during pregnancy may also provide protection for the baby against the virus as there’s evidence that antibodies made by the mother after vaccination are shared with the baby in the cord blood and in breast milk.
- The Ministry of Health’s advice related to pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as vaccine advice for other groups can be found here.
- The Immunisation Advisory Centre’s pregnancy fact sheet for health professionals has been updated.
- The Immunisation Handbook is being updated with the new advice.