The NHS in Scotland has published guidance surrounding the coronavirus vaccine for pregnant women.

As of January 3, 113,459 people in the country have received their first dose of the jab, according to Nicola Sturgeon.

However, the risks to mums-to-be are still unknown, with the vaccine not yet been tested on pregnant women. 

According to NHS Inform, the vaccine is not recommended under a precautionary approach.


And in a recent publication from the Scottish Government, delivered via the post, it confirmed that pregnancy should be avoided for at least two months after the second dose of the vaccine.

Those who find out they are pregnant after receiving the first dose should also wait until you are no longer pregnant before having the second dose – unless you are at high risk.

According to NHS Inform, vaccination in pregnancy could be considered in the following two scenarios:

  • Your risk of exposure to coronavirus is high and cannot be avoided
  • You have underlying conditions that place you at very high risk of serious complications of coronavirus

In these circumstances, you should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your health professional.

What about breastfeeding?

If you're breastfeeding, or planning to breastfeed, you may be offered the coronavirus vaccine after a discussion with your health professional.

Is there further advice?

For more information about pregnancy the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, phone 0800 030 8013 (available 8.00am to 8.00pm, 7 days a week).

Full details and advice can be found here.