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All pregnant individuals in the authorized age group are eligible and recommended to be vaccinated as soon as possible, at any stage in pregnancy. COVID-19 vaccines can also be safely given to breastfeeding individuals.

PCMCH has compiled up-to-date and credible Canadian-based resources to support navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and making decisions about getting the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding. The information provided in the resources below is not intended to provide or take the place of medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

 

Resources for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals & Support People

PCMCH Patient Information Sheet on COVID-19 Vaccines

“I am pregnant or breastfeeding. Should I get the COVID-19 Vaccine?”

  • English version available HERE
  • French version available HERE

This information sheet was last updated on October 25th, 2021 and provides basic information to support the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination. 

INTENDED USE AND REFERENCES 

  • English version available HERE
  • French version available HERE

FEEDBACK FORM

  • Click HERE to complete the survey

We invite you to anonymously share your feedback on the Information Sheet. This information is being collected by PCMCH in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at McMaster University and will be used to determine how many people in Ontario have used the tool if they were satisfied with its content and/or if it has made an impact on their decision whether or not to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Let’s Talk about COVID-19 and Pregnancy Webinar

PCMCH hosted a public-facing webinar to support pregnant people or those planning a pregnancy during the COVID-19 pandemic on June 24th, 2021. Clinical experts and those with lived experience addressed attendees’ questions and concerns about the implications of a possible COVID-19 infection for the pregnant person and the baby, the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, and what to expect over the course of the pregnancy.

  • Watch the webinar HERE

Booking a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment in Ontario

  • Schedule your vaccination through the provincial online vaccine booking system HERE

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts

  • Learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Facts HERE

 

Resources for Health Care Providers of Pregnant and Breastfeeding Individuals

National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI): Immunization in pregnancy and breastfeeding

“The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends you get a complete series with an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine can prevent serious illness, hospitalization and complications.”

  • Access the Canadian Immunization Guide to learn more about Immunization in pregnancy and breastfeeding HERE

COVID-19 Vaccine-Relevant Information and Planning Resources from the Ontario Ministry of Health

  • Access the information HERE
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations (p.2. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding) HERE
  • COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy: evidence-based summary for individuals who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy HERE

COVID-19 Vaccination Information Resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada

  • Access the Tool Kit for Health Care Providers HERE
  • Public Health Ontario: Building Confidence in Vaccines. Read the primer HERE

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

“Given that pregnant people are at increased risk of morbidity from COVID-19 infection, all pregnant persons should be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.”

  • Read the full statement HERE
  • Read FAQ for Health Care Providers HERE

Canadian Surveillance of COVID-19 in Pregnancy: Epidemiology, Maternal and Infant Outcomes

  • Infographic available HERE
  • Latest report available HERE

Science Table: COVID-19 Advisory for Ontario; The Incidence, Severity, and Management of COVID-19 in Critically Ill Pregnant Individuals

Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 are safe to use among pregnant individuals and vaccination highly recommended in this population”.

  • See the full Science Brief HERE

BORN Ontario: COVID-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy in Ontario

  • See latest Surveillance Report HERE

 

Additional Multimedia Resources

WEBINAR: University of Toronto Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology MFM Division- COVID in Pregnancy Update led by Dr. Wendy Whittle

  • Watch the recording HERE (data is current as of Sept. 27, 2021)

VIDEO(S): BORN Ontario- Pregnancy care providers in Ontario speak about the COVID-19 vaccine and Pregnancy

  • Available in English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Spanish, Tamil, Vietnamese and Yoruba HERE

VIDEO: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) COVID-19: How Vaccines are developed

  • Access the video HERE

VIDEO: Government of Ontario: COVID-19 Questions and Answers with Ontario’s Medical Professionals

  • Watch the video HERE

VIDEOS: Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) series on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines

  • Access the videos HERE

INSTAGRAM: Pandemic Pregnancy Guide- created by University of Toronto ObGyn Faculty

  • Follow @pandemicpregnancyguide by clicking HERE

PODCAST: The MotHERS Podcast hosted by Dr. Graeme Smith, head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Kingston Health Sciences Centre

  • Listen to COVID-19 Vaccine and Fertility podcast HERE
  • Listen to COVID-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding podcast HERE

PHONE CONSULTATION: Scarborough Health Network VaxFacts Clinic connects you with a physician for a conversation about COVID-19 vaccines

  • Book an appointment HERE

If you have any questions please contact info@pcmch.on.ca