Important information about the COVID-19 vaccine
Pregnant women in Ireland are now able to get a COVID-19 vaccine between 14-36 weeks. It is important to take the vaccine as soon as it is offered to protect you and your baby.
Pregnant women will be offered a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. You will need 2 doses.
We know a lot of pregnant Traveller women will have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s really important that we get the right information. Below you will find accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
PREGNANCY AND THE COVID-19 VACCINE
Can I get the vaccine if I am pregnant?
Yes. Pregnant women can get the COVID-19 vaccine. The HSE recommends you get your COVID-19 vaccine when it’s offered to you. It will protect you and your baby.
You will be offered a COVID-19 vaccine between 14 and 36 weeks.
Why are pregnant women being offered this now?
There has been a small number of cases of miscarriage and stillbirths for women who have had COVID-19. In order to try and protect women and babies, the HSE are offering vaccines to all pregnant women in Ireland.
Your maternity hospital will contact you to discuss the vaccine.
Why do I need the vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine will protect you and your baby.
Even if you catch COVID-19 after getting the vaccine, it can protect you from becoming very sick. It might also lower your chances of problems during pregnancy.
What vaccine will I be given?
Pregnant women will only be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. These two vaccines are considered the best fit for pregnant women.
When should I get the vaccine?
You will need 2 doses. The first dose should be around 14 weeks and the second dose should be before the end of 36 weeks of pregnancy.
Will the vaccine harm the baby?
No. The vaccine can protect you and your baby from getting very sick from the virus.
Are there any side effects?
All medicine can cause side effects, including the COVID-19 vaccine. Most side effects are mild and last only a short time. Not everyone gets side effects.
Do I need to wait to get pregnant after having the COVID-19 vaccine?
No. You do not need to leave any gap between having your vaccine and getting pregnant.
How can I get an appointment for the vaccine?
Your maternity hospital will contact you to discuss the vaccine. If you want to get your vaccine they will book you an appointment.
You can also talk to your doctor or midwife about getting the vaccine. You can ask them any questions about the vaccine and discuss if it is right for you.
BREASTFEEDING AND THE COVID-19 VACCINE
Can I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am breastfeeding?
Yes. The HSE recommends that if you are breastfeeding you should get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is offered to you.
I got the vaccine while I was pregnant. Is it ok to breastfeed my baby?
Yes. You can breastfeed after you have had the COVID-19 vaccine. Breastfeeding may give your baby extra protection against the virus.