As we have previously communicated, the Australian Government has announced pregnant women are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
This announcement follows the advice from RANZCOG, ATAGI and SA Health that pregnant women should be routinely offered the Pfizer 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. There is also evidence of antibody in cord blood and breastmilk may offer protection to babies through passive immunity.
A study of over 35,000 pregnant women who had an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine showed that the side effects following vaccination were extremely similar in pregnant women when compared to non-pregnant women. This study also reported the outcomes for 827 women whose pregnancies were completed and did not identify any safety concerns for women who received an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy.
A number of smaller studies have also shown that receiving an mRNA vaccine during pregnancy does not increase the risk of complications for women or their babies.
The decision to have the vaccination is your choice, however, Adelaide Obstetrics & Fertility Specialists are in agreement with these recommendations. Please discuss any concerns or queries with your obstetrician.
To read the resources available and referred to in this post, please visit the links below:
RANZCOG Statement: https://ranzcog.edu.au/news/pregnant-women-are-now-eligible-for-the-pfizer-cov
COVID-19 Decision Guide: https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2021/06/covid-19-vaccination-shared-decision-making-guide-for-women-who-are-pregnant-breastfeeding-or-planning-pregnancy-covid-19-vaccination-shared-decision-making-guide-for-women-who-are-pregnant-breastfeeding-or-planning-pregna_0.pdf
This post does not constitute and is not a substitute for medical advice. If you have any queries or concerns, please speak with your doctor.