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COVID-19 Vaccination in pregnancy

There is an increase in the number of unvaccinated pregnant people in hospital or seriously ill with COVID-19. If you are pregnant the COVID-19 vaccine will help to protect you and your baby from avoidable harm and can be given at anytime in pregnancy.

  • those who are pregnant are more likely to be admitted to hospital or have a severe illness (compared with those who are not pregnant), especially in the later stages of pregnancy.
  • those who are pregnant with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of severe illness.
  • About two-thirds of people who are pregnant who test positive for COVID-19 in pregnancy have no symptoms at all. However, some people who are pregnant become seriously ill and are admitted to hospital with COVID-19, particularly if they have underlying medical conditions.
  • In the later stages of pregnancy, those who are pregnant are at increased risk of becoming seriously unwell with COVID-19. If this happens, it is about three times more likely that your baby will be born prematurely, which can affect their long-term health.

 

Frequently asked questions

Information on the risks of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy, what this means for you if you are pregnant, if you can have the vaccine whilst breastfeeding, the vaccine and fertility and more is available on the Public Health Wales website.