Health authorities recommend that pregnant women receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine
Health experts now officially recommend that pregnant women be offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of their pregnancy.
The previous advice had been that pregnant women at high risk of catching COVID-19, or who had medical conditions that would make them more vulnerable to the disease, should consider getting vaccinated.
But official health advice remained unclear on which women were not at risk of getting sick.
Now, the health expert group advising the government on the vaccine, ATAGI, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RANZCOG) have released an update to this advisory.
“RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women be offered the Pfizer mRNA vaccine routinely at any stage of pregnancy,” they said in a joint statement.
“This is because the risk of serious consequences from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn babies.
“Global surveillance data from a large number of pregnant women has identified no significant safety issues with COVID-10 mRNA vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy.”
The health advice for nursing mothers was already that they should get the Pfizer vaccine, with authorities saying new evidence showed it could help pass immunity to their babies.
By political journalist Coupling Georgia.