Why are pregnant people able to get their booster as early as 8 weeks after getting their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?

Question: 

Why are pregnant people able to get their booster as early as 8 weeks after getting their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine?
 

Answer: 

Pregnancy is a higher risk time for complications from COVID-19 infection, and pregnant people are more likely to be hospitalized and admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) than people their age that are not pregnant.
 
While it is generally recommended that people get their booster dose 6 months after their second dose (to strengthen and provide longer protection against COVID-19), pregnant people are able to get their booster dose as early as 8 weeks after their second dose. This is because there is a limited amount of time to provide protection during pregnancy and it is important for pregnant people to receive their booster during pregnancy to ensure optimal protection for them and their baby.

Getting the booster dose while pregnant is ideal because serious illness during pregnancy can put both the pregnant person and the unborn baby at risk and may lead to premature birth, still birth, or Cesarean section. COVID-19 immunization during pregnancy is safe for the pregnant person and for the unborn baby. Evidence from around the world continues to grow and has not found any safety concerns for pregnant people who were vaccinated or for their babies.
 
In addition to protecting the pregnant person, the antibodies (protection) from the pregnant person are transferred to the unborn baby. This provides ‘passive immunity’ to the newborn, which may reduce the risk of infection for the infant during their first several months of life.
 
To receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster 8 weeks after their second dose, pregnant people will need to call the central call line (1-833-838-2323), and tell them they are pregnant to book their appointment.
 

Date last reviewed: 
Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022