Pregnancy and COVID-19, latest advice

There is evidence of increased risks of premature birth and still births if a pregnant woman gets COVID-19. In both cases the risk more than doubles.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises that pregnant women should be offered the COIVD-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.

There is no evidence of an increased risk of miscarriage if you become infected during pregnancy. Although the overall risk from COVID-19 disease in pregnant women and their new babies is low, in later pregnancy some women may become seriously unwell and need hospital treatment. The best precaution for pregnant women is to get the vaccine.

Data from the United States shows that over 100,000 pregnant women have safely been vaccinated – mainly with Pfizer-Biontech and Moderna vaccines.

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 other vaccines are unsafe, but more research is needed.

If a woman finds out she is pregnant after she has started a course of vaccine she may complete the vaccination during pregnancy using the same product (unless contraindicated)

You can find more information here and read a letter that went to NHS leads here


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