Information from the Government of Ontario about COVID-19 vaccines and fertilty, pregnancy, and breastfeeding: COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy | ontario.ca
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Pregnant individuals have a similar risk of getting infected with COVID-19 as other individuals their age. However, studies have shown an increased risk of developing complications of COVID-19 if they are infected, compared with people who are not pregnant of a similar age. COVID-19 during pregnancy has also been associated with an increased likelihood of preterm birth.
Pregnant individuals who are older, have obesity, or have pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes are at particular risk of serious outcomes of COVID-19.
It is important that pregnant individuals - and those around them - take precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19. If they become unwell (including with fever, cough or difficulty breathing), they should seek urgent medical advice from a health worker.
Tips for pregnant women and individuals:
The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that mothers with suspected or proven COVID-19 continue to breastfeed while taking precautions like wearing a surgical/procedure mask and practicing hand hygiene.
New Information may become available. Visit the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and Government of Canada websites to keep up to date.
It is your choice. For many people, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the safest choice. Talk to your healthcare provider about the vaccine.
Your health care provider will consider risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy like:
The following resource may also help you when making a decision: COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations - Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool
Which COVID-19 Vaccine will I be offered?
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that a complete vaccine series with a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be offered to pregnant individuals
Planning for your Vaccine during Pregnancy
Pregnant individuals are currently eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Your health care provider can help you plan for when you should receive your vaccine. Please consider:
Additional Tools and Resources
Grey Bruce Health Unit COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy Poster
COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations - Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool
SOGC Statement - COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy
COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Information at your Fingertips - Prenatal Screening Ontario (bornontario.ca)
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The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has a recommendation that a complete series of COVID-19 vaccines (preferably mRNA vaccines) be offered to individuals who are breastfeeding. Informed consent should include discussion about emerging evidence on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in these populations.
Individuals who are breastfeeding will receive an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine at Grey Bruce clinics.
COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy Poster
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