West Essex Covid-19 Vaccinations 

COVID-19 Vaccines pregnancy, breastfeeding & fertility 

Having the COVID-19 vaccine is strongly recommended if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, to help protect yourself and your baby from the virus.

The British Fertility Society also recommends the vaccine for anyone who is trying for a baby or thinking of having a baby in the future.

Why is it important to have the vaccine?


Pregnant women are more at risk of getting seriously unwell if they catch COVID-19, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy, or at any stage of pregnancy if you have underlying health conditions. Pregnant women who become very sick with the virus are also more likely to be hospitalised and suffer complications such as premature birth and still birth.

The vaccine does not contain COVID-19 and cannot be passed through the placenta to the baby or through breastmilk. The protective antibodies you make when you are vaccinated, however, can be passed on while pregnant and through breastfeeding, helping to protect your baby from the virus.

If you are unsure about whether or not to have the COVID-19 vaccine, please speak to your consultant or midwife to discuss your personal circumstances and ensure you have the latest information and advice.

On this website, you’ll find information from reputable sources to help you make a decision that’s right for you.

You can read our leaflet about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy.

It also contains information about the vaccine for those who are breastfeeding or going through fertility treatment. 

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe if I’m pregnant?

Yes. Having the vaccine is the safest way to protect you and your unborn baby.  We are currently offering all pregnant women the Pfizer vaccine. The vaccines cannot give you or your baby COVID-19.  For more information on pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine visit - Healthier Futures

Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?

There is no data to say it affects fertility. Many women have become pregnant after having the vaccine.

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For more information and videos relating to the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility please visit HealthierFuture