There is an increase in the number of unvaccinated pregnant women 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.
- Pregnant women 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.
- Pregnant women with underlying medical conditions are at a higher risk of severe illness.
- About two-thirds of women who are pregnant who test positive for COVID-19 in pregnancy have no symptoms at all. However, some pregnant women become seriously ill and are admitted to hospital with COVID-19, particularly if they have underlying medical conditions.
- In the later stages of pregnancy, pregnant women 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.
- Like other vaccines routinely given in pregnancy, the COVID-19 vaccine does not contain any live virus. It’s safe for pregnant women and their babies. In Wales, Scotland and England over 100,000 pregnant women have had the COVID-19 vaccine. No safety concerns have been identified as a result of having the vaccine while pregnant.
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.
How to get your COVID-19 vaccination
If you missed your COVID-19 vaccine appointment it’s not too late. Your vaccination is important and is still waiting for you. You can book your appointment using our COVID-19 vaccination online booking service or attend a COVID-19 vaccination drop-in clinic where appointments aren't needed.