The UK Government has given the green light to vaccinate pregnant women against the coronavirus if they so wish, reports the Mirror . Of course, they will preferably be vaccinated with Pfizer or Moderna .
A new report from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) said there were no “specific safety concerns” identified with “any brand of Covid-19 vaccines” in relation to pregnancy.
Until now, pregnant women had been advised to consult with their GP if they were at high risk of exposure to the virus or had underlying health problems.
According to data collected in the US, around 90,000 pregnant women had received injections, mainly the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, “without posing any safety concerns.”
This is why the JCVI has said that it is “preferable” for pregnant women in the UK to be offered these two vaccines when available.
“There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.”
“There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women , but more research is needed,” the JCVI added in this regard.
As for women who are trying to have a baby , who have just given birth or are breastfeeding, they can be vaccinated with any vaccine, says the JCVI report.
They encourage vaccination
Professor Wei Shen Lim, Covid-19 President for JCVI, said: “We encourage pregnant women to discuss the risks and benefits with their doctor; people at increased risk of severe Covid-19 outcomes are encouraged to agree to Immediate offer of vaccination when offered. ”
“There have been no specific safety concerns of any brand of Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancy, ” added Wei Shen Lim.
“There is more real-world safety data from the US regarding the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in pregnant women, therefore we recommend offering these to pregnant women ,” Lim said.
Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunization at Public Health England (PHE), said: “The data available on the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines provide confidence that they can be safely offered to pregnant women.”
“Covid-19 vaccines continue to save thousands of lives and it is important that we encourage as many people as possible to accept the offer when it is their turn,” Ramsay said.
For his part, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We know that vaccination offers the best protection against Covid-19, which can be extremely serious in some pregnant women.”
“I encourage all pregnant women when called for the vaccine to come forward and discuss the benefits and risks of the vaccine with a trusted source such as their GP, obstetrician or midwife,” she said.