Evidence shows that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe for people who are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or are breastfeeding/chestfeeding. COVID-19 vaccines are recommended, at any stage in pregnancy (including first trimester), as COVID-19 infection during pregnancy can be severe, and the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
For Additional Information
- COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy - Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Decision-Making Support Tool (PDF) - Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health
- Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy. (PDF)
- COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations (PDF) - Ontario Ministry of Health
- BORN: COVID-19 Immunizations and Pregnancy (various languages available)
- COVID-19 Guidance: Labour, Delivery and Newborn Care (PDF) - Ontario Ministry of Health
- COVID-19 Information and Resources - Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health
In general, a person who is pregnant may be more vulnerable to getting infections than a person of their age who is not pregnant. It is for this reason that pregnant people should protect themselves using the guidelines for general infection prevention and control. Find more information on these measures on the COVID-19 Stop the Spread page.
Find more advice on childbirth during COVID-19 on the Public Health Agency of Canada website: Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breastfeeding/chestfeeding can and should continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breastfeeding is emergency preparedness. It provides infants and young children with strong protection against infectious disease and death, and it offers secure access to food. There are rare exceptions when breastfeeding or feeding expressed breast milk is not recommended.
Recommendations for breastfeeding/chestfeeding during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Parents are encouraged to initiate or continue to breastfeed.
- Parent and infant should remain together while rooming-in (day and night).
- Practice skin-to-skin contact including kangaroo care.
How to Protect and Support Parent and Baby
- After the baby is born, everyone will be excited to meet the new addition to the family. However, it is strongly recommended to follow all layers of protection as we live with and manage COVID-19.
- Creative ways using social media and other cyber connections, such as FaceTime and Skype, can also be used to share the joys of your new arrival.
- For any questions or concerns related to newborn or infant care, please feel free to contact the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program at (807) 625-8814.
- Pregnancy, childbirth and caring for newborns: advice for mothers (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada)
- Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)
- Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People (United States Centre for Disease Control)
- COVID-19 Guideline for Lactation for Women/Individuals Who Are Confirmed or Suspect Cases of COVID-19 (BC Centre for Disease Control)
- Statement on Breastfeeding and Lactation Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic (International Lactation Consultant Association)
- World Health Organization Q&A on COVID-19, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Breastfeeding