Pregnant women now recommended to have mRNA COVID 19 vaccine
RANZCOG and ATAGI have released a joint statement regarding pregnant women and pregnancy. In a joint statement, they recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered the mRNA vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.
Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy. Furthermore, there is also evidence of antibody in cord blood and breastmilk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity.
Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss the decision in relation to timing of vaccination with their health professional. Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.
At the moment, the HHMP vaccine clinic does not offer mRNA vaccines. Patients who think they may be eligible, can access the government eligibility checker and then follow the links to access a clinic that does near them.