Vaccination Pregnancy and COVID-19

Chelsea with baby Jaycee
September 16, 2021

Pregnancy is a time of great joy and future planning.  Understandably the COVID-19 pandemic has created a sense of anxiety among pregnant women about their health, the health of their baby and the COVID-19 vaccination.

COVID-19 vaccines are free and available to all West Australians.    All people over the age of 12 are eligible and there are many vaccination centres across WA.  However some members of the community are considered a priority and this includes women who are pregnant. 

Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and their babies also have a higher risk of being born prematurely.   

Vaccination is recommended and is the best way to reduce these risks.   At KEMH we support our women in making an informed decision for themselves and their family and from Monday 20 September we will be helping roll out vaccination to pregnant women and their families. 

Women who are trying to become pregnant can receive their vaccine and do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination. 

There is so much information available to women about COVID-19 and the vaccination, so we have provided a list below of useful resources. 

Useful Resources

COVID-19: Vaccination in Pregnancy  (video)

Royal Australian and New Zealand College Obstetricians and Gynaecologists COVID-19 Information

Q&A from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

A COVID-19 Vaccination decision guide for women

Coronavirus Infection and Pregnancy Q&A session - Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (UK) (video)

Information about COVID-19 vaccination and Pregnancy and Breastfeeding is available to read or download here.