COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy

COVID-19 Vaccine & Pregnancy

If you're pregnant, watch and listen to obstetricians, gynaecologists and midwives talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy. 

Videos promoting safe COVID-19 vaccination for hapū māmā

From the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG). He Hono Wāhine, Māori Fellows and the Aotearoa New Zealand office have joined together to produce a series of videos targeting wāhine Māori who are hapū, promoting safe vaccination for hapū māmā.


Book for your COVID-19 immunisation now

If you are pregnant, or planning a pregnancy, it is important to have the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click on the Twitter image below to watch a video about COVID-19 immunisation and pregnancy.

Pregnant women are more likely to get severe COVID-19 symptoms

Recent evidence shows that pregnancy may increase the risk of developing severe symptoms of COVID-19, which can lead to complications with pregnancy.

Studies show having the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy is safe

Studies have shown having the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy is safe and significantly reduces the risk of serious illness or harm to pregnant women.  

Data from the large number of pregnant people worldwide who have already had their COVID-19 immunisation shows that there are no extra safety concerns with giving COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.

Immunising during pregnancy may also help protect your baby. There is evidence that infants can get antibodies to the virus through cord blood and breast milk.

You can see more information about COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy at the NZ College of Midwives website.

See the NZ College of Midwives website

You can have the COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of pregnancy

If you're pregnant, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy. You can book your immunisation now.

You can book for your vaccine now

If you haven't made your appointment yet, you can book online at Book My Vaccine.

Book your vaccine online

You can also:

  • ask your GP clinic if they are providing the COVID vaccine yet
  • book by phone - call the COVID Vaccination Healthline on 0800 28 29 26 (8am to 8pm, 7 days a week)

You can talk to your healthcare professional

If you have any questions or concerns, talk about them with your healthcare professional.

Brochure in Samoan and Tongan

 Image of a brochure about pregnancy and the COVID vaccine

 Image of a brochure about pregnancy and the COVID vaccine

New Zealand obstetricians discuss Covid vaccine in pregnancy

This page last reviewed 27 October 2021.

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