COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

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UPDATED: May 4, 2021

Dr. Bonnie Henry, MD, MPH, FRCPC 
BC Provincial Health Officer 

Dr. Deborah M. Money, MD, FRCSC
Professor, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Medicine, & SPPH 
University of British Columbia 

Pregnant persons are asked to self-identify as being pregnant and register for COVID-19 vaccine as a priority

Step 1: Register

To access a vaccination booking, pregnant persons are asked to register at

PLEASE NOTE: When you register, you will receive a confirmation number. Do not lose the number. You’ll need it later to book your vaccination appointment.

Step 2: Book an appointment

Please phone the call centre at 
1-833-838-2323 and self-identify as being pregnant. 

Don’t expect to book an appointment the same day you register. You will receive a text, email or phone call when you’re eligible to book an appointment.

The importance of registering is to ensure the pregnant person is in the system and will be sent an invitation for their second dose at the appropriate time.

Step 3: Get the vaccine

Visit the vaccine clinic to get your vaccine dose.

People who get their first vaccine dose will be notified by email, text or phone call when they are eligible to book an appointment for their second dose.

  • There is currently no known specific serious risk (such as an increased risk of miscarriage or possible birth defect) of getting a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding (or providing expressed human milk) to either the person being vaccinated or the child.
  • There is no need to avoid starting or stopping breastfeeding if you get a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • ‎Being infected with COVID-19 can make you very sick. It may make you even sicker if you are pregnant.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are very effective in preventing people from getting sick with COVID-19.
  • Vaccines are safe and cannot give you COVID-19.

SOGC statement on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy

The risks associated with contracting COVID-19 outweigh the theorized risk of being vaccinated during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

The SOGC supports the use of all available COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada in any trimester of pregnancy and during breastfeeding in accordance with regional eligibility.

What do we know about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy?

Research trials did not include pregnant women, which makes information limited. However, based on what we know about how these vaccines work, there is no theoretical reason to think they would be unsafe, or less safe in pregnancy. The COVID-19 vaccines do not contain live virus. Normally, we like to wait until more information is available, however we have to consider the very real risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy.