RANZCOG (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) and ATAGI (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation) have released a joint statement on COVID-19 vaccinations for pregnant women. They have recommended that pregnant women be routinely offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy, whether it’s before, during or after. This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.
The statement also confirms that 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. There is also evidence of antibodies in cord blood and breastmilk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity.
RANZCOG states pregnant women are potentially at increased risk of complications from respiratory disease due to the physiological changes that occur in pregnancy, and ATAGI highlighted the risks of severe disease and admission to hospital, particularly during the second and third trimesters.
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