Pregnant women to be offered COVID-19 vaccine

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has announced that all pregnant women should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine as part of the vaccination roll-out plan.
A pregnant woman in a white top stands outside surrounded by sunlight

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic the evidence for the recommendations is not based on clinical trials. The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) advises “Women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.”

Around 90,000 women in the US have been vaccinated with mRNA vaccines (these include the Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines). There have not been any safety concerns reported following these vaccinations. Therefore, it is recommended that pregnant women are offered either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at the same time as their age or clinical risk group.

Dr Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said: “This move will empower all the pregnant women in the UK to make the decision that is right for them, at the same time that the non-pregnant population in their age group receive protection from COVID-19.”

We spoke to a local Mum to be about how she made her decision,

“I am 36 weeks pregnant with my first baby and as an older Mum (40) I was offered the vaccine. I spoke to my midwife and consultant about whether I should go ahead but didn’t feel like I got much advice from either. I decided to have the vaccine as the Indian variant is a concern and I was worried about how my care in labour would be affected if I did catch it. It would also be horrible trying to look after a newborn baby if I got poorly. I have had the vaccine now and feel really positive about my choice.”

Further information

The Royal College of Gynaecologists (RCOG) have released the following guidelines, this document will be updated as more evidence becomes available.

https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2021-02-19-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-in-pregnancy-v13.pdf

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have a webpage dedicated to vaccine information and advice.

https://www.rcm.org.uk/guidance-for-pregnant-women/

National Childbirth Trust including questions and answers.

https://www.nct.org.uk/pregnancy/coronavirus-and-pregnancy/can-i-get-covid-19-vaccine-if-im-pregnant?fbclid=IwAR1F28ywuyZw6ltsAlzG6lPnzrstRa3PzLcecxrXd2IjWtdNQzXwg-Uhtbk

JCVI

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-new-advice-on-covid-19-vaccination-for-pregnant-women

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