Important information about the COVID-19 vaccine
Pregnant women in Ireland can get the COVID-19 vaccine and booster at any time in pregnancy. It is important to take the vaccine to protect you and your baby. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
Pregnant women will be offered a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
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. The HSE recommends you get vaccinated if you are pregnant. It will protect you and your baby.
It is safe to get dose 1 and 2 of the vaccine, and a booster, at any time in your pregnancy.
Why are pregnant women being offered the vaccine?
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.
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 and booster?
It is safe to get vaccinated at any time in your pregnancy.
You will need 2 doses of the vaccine. You will then need to wait three months to get your booster shot.
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.
How can I get an appointment for the vaccine?
Your maternity hospital or GP can book you an appointment. You can also go to a walk-in vaccination clinic or book an appointment at a pharmacy.
Your Traveller Primary Health Care Worker can help you book a vaccine appointment.
Talk to your doctor or midwife about getting the vaccine and ask them any questions you have.
Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine if I am trying for a baby?
Yes. The HSE recommends you get vaccinated if you are trying for a baby. It will help to protect you from serious illness now and if you get pregnant in the future.
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.
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.