Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy

Immunizations help protect you, your loved ones, and everyone around you from serious illness and even death. WIC encourages all infants, children, and adults to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination recommendations to help keep all families healthy.

In addition to routine immunizations for pregnant and postpartum people, WIC recommends following the CDC’s advice for the COVID-19 vaccine before, during, and after pregnancy.

The CDC and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that all individuals get vaccinated for COVID-19 who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Trying to get pregnant, or may become pregnant
  • Recently postpartum
  • Breastfeeding or chestfeeding

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and may be at risk for preterm birth. The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you and your baby. It has been found to prevent COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death. Growing evidence about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine shows that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

How to Get Vaccinated:

Visit and click on “How to Get Vaccinated” to find a location near you.

No appointment is needed at many locations. Vaccines are free and you don’t need insurance. You will not be asked about your immigration status.

You can also call the Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473. The call center is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm and can help you:

  • Find a vaccination location in your neighborhood
  • Arrange transportation to and from a vaccination site
  • Request vaccination at home if you are homebound
  • For more COVID-19 vaccine resources from the LA County Department of Public Health, download this guide: COVID_8.25.21 (