With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines underway, we are getting questions on whether you should have the jab, and more crucially, when.
The Dept of Health have issued guidance around the COVID-19 vaccine for those planning a pregnancy, already pregnant, or breastfeeding. It can be downloaded here but in brief:
If you are trying to conceive - there is no evidence that women who become pregnant after receiving the vaccine are at increased risk of miscarriage or maternal illness so the risks and benefits will be similar to the wider population, and it is therefore recommended.
If you are already pregnant - .as there is very little data on the effect of the vaccine on women during pregnancy, it is not currently recommended to have the vaccine if you are already pregnant.
There are other scenarios that we haven't yet received advice on such as if you get pregnant after one shot should you have the second, or how close to an embryo transfer can you have the vaccine. We are actively seeking guidance on these and will update you as soon as we know more information.
If you are unsure of what to do, please contact your GP or fertility specialist who can assess whether any health issues or medications you are taking may affect your risk factors.