We’re backing new advice that the COVID-19 vaccine can be administered to pregnant women at very high risk from infection.
It follows an announcement from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
As a matter of routine, pregnant women are not offered the vaccines. However, you may be asked if you wish to have the vaccine if:
- You are a health or social care worker
- Your have an underlying high-risk health condition
“Research trials testing the vaccine in pregnant women are getting underway. But so far, there’s no evidence to indicate the vaccine is a risk to the woman or her unborn child.Steve Wild, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Trust
Steve continued: “Right now, if you are pregnant, eligible for, and have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine, it is at your discretion whether you have it or not after you have discussed it with your doctor or midwife.”
“At the present time we don’t encourage the vaccine for every pregnant woman. But I would certainly have that conversation with any patient of mine if I felt the risks of not being vaccinated outweighed the likely benefits of having it.”
Steve is encouraging pregnant women to read the information on the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists website.
For more information about maternity services at our Trust, visit our maternity page.