COVID-19 vaccinations protect mothers and babies

27 August 2021

WA Health is encouraging women to become vaccinated against COVID-19 while planning a pregnancy, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.

Pregnant woman holding her belly

Medical advice is that getting COVID-19 doubles a woman’s chance of stillbirth and triples her chance of her baby being born prematurely.

It also increases the chances of needing an emergency caesarean section or needing to be admitted to an ICU.*

What do we know about safety of the vaccine?

  • Clinical trial data and vaccination of over 200,000 women worldwide shows the vaccine is safe in pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women experience the same side effects as non-pregnant women, such as a sore arm, mild temperature and tiredness.
  • Vaccines are safe for your baby. The risk of complications or significant problems is much higher if you were infected with COVID-19.

What are the benefits of being vaccinated?

  • Vaccination provides protection for pregnant mothers.
  • The COVID-19 vaccine provides protection for others who can’t be vaccinated, including young children.
  • Antibodies from the vaccination will be delivered to the unborn baby, protecting their health.
  • Antibodies in breastmilk will also help to protect babies.

Read more frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy/breastfeeding.

*Information from the Australian College of Midwives.