New advice issued on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination for pregnant women

New advice issued on coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination for pregnant women

Public Health England (PHE) has announced that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women in the UK should be offered the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine at the same time as the rest of the UK, based on their age and clinical risk group. According to PHE, the 'real-world data from the United States reveals that around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated, mainly with mRNA vaccines including Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna', without any safety concerns being reported. It confirms that there is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but also notes that more research is required. The JCVI is to continue to closely monitor the evidence on coronavirus vaccination in pregnant women and will update its advice as necessary.

The coronavirus chair for JCVI, Professor Wei Shen Lim, advises pregnant women 'to discuss the risks and benefits with their clinician – those at increased risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 are encouraged to promptly take up the offer of vaccination when offered'.

The real-world data from the US can be accessed here.

Source: JCVI issues new advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

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