Pregnant women should now be offered the vaccine along with their age or clinical risk group
Who should be offered COVID 19 vaccination in pregnancy?
The JCVI has advised that pregnant women should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group
What are the risks of Covid- 19 vaccination in pregnancy?
Real-world data from the United States shows that around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated, mainly with mRNA vaccines including Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, without any safety concerns being raised
Based on this data the JCVI advises that it’s preferable for pregnant women in the UK to be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines where available
There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed
PHE’s Green Book, still advises that pregnant women should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with their clinician, including the latest evidence on safety and which vaccines they should receive
Conception and breastfeeding
Women who are planning pregnancy, are in the immediate postpartum, or are breastfeeding can be vaccinated with any vaccine, depending on their age and clinical risk group
Written by Dr Claire Davies