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Vaccination information for people who are pregnant or breastfeeding

Information about COVID-19 vaccines for people who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to get the vaccine

Vaccination centres are open to people who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Australian Government has provided the following advice in relation to COVID-19 vaccines:  

  • If you are breastfeeding, you can have the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines. You do not need to stop breastfeeding after vaccination. Based on recommendations from the Australian Technical Advisory Group for Immunisation (ATAGI), for people aged under 50 years the Pfizer vaccine is currently preferred.
  • If you are planning pregnancy, you can also have the Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines. You do not need to have a pregnancy test before vaccination. Based on recommendations from ATAGI, for people aged under 50 years the Pfizer vaccine is currently preferred.
  • Pregnant women are not routinely recommended to have a COVID-19 vaccine. You can consider vaccination particularly if you are at higher risk of getting COVID-19. For example, due to your occupation, if you have risk factors for severe illness or due to pre-existing medical conditions. Based on recommendations from ATAGI, for people aged under 50 years the Pfizer vaccine is currently preferred.
  • If you are pregnant, your healthcare provider can help you to assess the benefits and risks of vaccination.

The Australian Government Department of Health has developed a decision guide to help people who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to get pregnant make a decision about getting the COVID vaccine.

Reviewed 03 May 2021

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