The Covid-19 vaccine is offered seasonally – usually during the winter months, and again in the spring. It is recommended during pregnancy due to the increased risk of severe disease and complications which can affect both mother and baby.


Seasonal influenza is very common and highly infectious. It can be much more severe than the common cold; flu can be very dangerous. There is strong evidence that pregnant women have a much higher risk of serious illness because of flu, compared with the general population. The risks are highest in the last three months of pregnancy. 

The flu vaccine is seasonal, usually starting in September/October. It is safe at any stage of pregnancy.

Pertussis (whooping cough)

Recommended during weeks 16 to 32 of pregnancy, the vaccine helps the mother make antibodies to fight pertussis and protect the baby.

It takes about two weeks for antibody levels to peak. These antibodies are then transferred through the placenta to the baby, who then has the mother’s own protection against the disease in their blood right from birth and importantly before the child receives their first Pertussis vaccine at  eight weeks.

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Where to get the vaccines

You can access the Covid-19 vaccination via your GP practice or at a local pharmacy. You will receive an invite which will include details of how to book using the national booking system.

You can receive the flu and pertussis vaccines via your GP practice, pharmacy, and in some areas, via your maternity service. Please ask your midwife.