All pregnant people are advised to get vaccinated against COVID-19. That applies to those who are healthy as well as those who have underlying health conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease or respiratory conditions). The risk of serious illness due to COVID-19 is higher during pregnancy. Vaccination reduces this risk. Vaccination is safe and effective, also during pregnancy.

Pregnant people have a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. There could be complications, which could affect both the pregnant person and the baby. Hospital admission may be necessary. That is why it is important to get vaccinated if you are pregnant. COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has no impact on the development of the placenta. This is clear from the research done by all vaccine manufacturers.

Pregnant people receive an mRNA vaccine against COVID-19. Research has shown that this type of vaccine is safe for the pregnant person and the baby. No reports of unusual side effects during pregnancy have been registered by Lareb, the pharmacovigilance centre that tracks side effects in the Netherlands.

Research on side effects

Pregnant people who receive a COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy can take part in Mothers of Tomorrow. Mothers of Tomorrow (Moeders van Morgen, part of the Pharmacovigilance Centre Lareb) conducts research on the safety of vaccinations and medicines during pregnancy. You can sign up to take part via

Which trimester is recommended for vaccination during pregnancy?

You can get a COVID-19 vaccination at any time during pregnancy. There is a higher risk of complications due to the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 towards the end of your pregnancy. For that reason, it is best not to wait too long to get vaccinated. Ideally, you should get the COVID-19 vaccination between week 13 and week 26 of your pregnancy.

Pregnancy and other vaccinations

Vaccinations during pregnancy protect your baby against whooping cough and flu right from birth. Read more about vaccination during pregnancy (in Dutch).