POLIQUIN, V; CASTILLO, E; BOUCOIRAN, I; WONG, JMH; WATSON, H; YUDIN, M; MONEY, D; VAN SCHALKWYK, J; ELWOOD, C on behalf of the Infectious Disease Committee of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Original date: December 18th, 2020
Revised and reaffirmed date: January 18th, 2023
1. COVID-19 vaccination is recommended during pregnancy in any trimester and while breastfeeding
2. All available COVID-19 vaccines approved in Canada can be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Presently, preference is given for the use of mRNA vaccinations during pregnancy as more data on safety and efficacy during pregnancy is available for these vaccines.
3. The SOGC recommends following provincial and territorial guidelines on type of vaccine to prioritize for pregnant and breastfeeding individuals.
4. Individuals should not be precluded from vaccination based on pregnancy status or breastfeeding.
5. Given that pregnant people are at increased risk of morbidity from COVID-19 infection, all pregnant persons should be prioritized to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccinations are an important part of primary and preventative healthcare for pregnant women. The benefit of vaccination during pregnancy for the infant (e.g., pertussis and influenza) is recognized and recommendation of these vaccinations is part of routine prenatal care.
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The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.
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