Pregnant Women Should Get Covid Vaccines: No10’s Jab Advisory Panel Amends Guidelines For Expectant Mothers As The Evidence Shows They Are Safe
- JCVI encourages pregnant women to get Pfizer or Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine
- Data from the US rollout showed that American bumps were safe for expectant mothers
- No reason to believe AZ Jab is unsafe, but enough evidence hasn’t surfaced yet
Pregnant women in the UK should be offered Pfizer or Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, UK bosses said today.
Number 10’s vaccine advisory board said real data from the rollout in the US had shown the two American shocks were safe for expectant mothers.
The Joint Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) is now encouraging all pregnant women in the UK to report for a sting at the same time as their peers.
Vaccines are also recommended for women trying to have a baby or for new mothers who are breastfeeding.
Previous guidelines said that these groups should not be offered a Covid vaccine because pregnant women were not included in clinical trials.
However, there was never any sign that the bumps were unsafe, which is why US health chiefs have included them in their vaccination program.
The JCVI reviewed data from 90,000 pregnant American women who either Pfizer or Moderna had given a prick to reach its conclusion.
The only reason AstraZeneca’s vaccine is not recommended for pregnant women is because of a lack of research.
Expectant mothers are at higher risk of serious illness or death from contracting Covid than non-pregnant women of the same age.
There are around 850,000 pregnancies annually in England and Wales, suggesting that 630,000 women have children at the same time.
Pregnant women in the UK are offered coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna (file)
Number 10’s Vaccine Advisory Board said real-world data from the U.S. rollout showed the two American shocks were safe in expectant mothers
WHY HAVE PREGNANT WOMEN NOT RECEIVED THE JABS?
Pregnant women have not been included in any coronavirus vaccine studies, which has led many to wonder if they should be vaccinated at all.
When the introduction of coronavirus vaccines began, the World Health Organization warned that they should not be used in pregnant women due to a lack of evidence of their safety and effectiveness.
Later the body went back on his advice, saying vaccines are safe to give to expectant mothers.
The UK’s JCVI recommended pregnant women not to take the thrusts until there is more evidence.
But health experts in other countries have done the opposite, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States.
This is because expectant mothers are at higher risk of serious illness or death if they contract Covid-19 than non-pregnant women of the same age.
Experts say pregnant women should speak to their health care providers first and be made aware of the possible risks of vaccination.
When vaccines against Covid began to emerge, the World Health Organization warned that they should not be used on pregnant women due to a lack of evidence of their safety and effectiveness.
Later the body went back on his advice, saying shocks can be given to expectant mothers safely after more data emerged and it became clear that pregnant women are more likely to develop Covid than their peers.
Today’s decision brings the UK in line with the US, where pregnant women have been able to receive the Covid vaccine at the same time as their peers since last year.
Professor Wei Lin Shen of the JCVI said, “We encourage pregnant women to discuss the risks and benefits with their doctor. People at an increased risk of serious consequences from Covid are asked to immediately accept the vaccination offer if it is offered.
‘There were no specific safety concerns of any branded Covid vaccine related to pregnancy.
“There is more real-world safety data from the US on the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in pregnant women, so we recommend giving preference to these pregnant women.”
Dr. Mary Ramsay, Director of Immunization, Public Health England (PHE) added, “The data available on Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines give confidence that they can be safely offered to pregnant women.
“The Covid vaccines continue to save thousands of lives and it is important that we encourage as many people as possible to take up the offer when it is their turn.”
A number of vaccines are already recommended for pregnant women in the UK, including seasonal flu and whooping cough.
Medics say the tetanus shot can also be given to those who are expecting something when needed.
The best British doctors praised the JCVI’s move, claiming it would “empower” pregnant women.
Dr. Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) said, “We are grateful to the JCVI for considering our evidence and updating guidelines on the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy.
Vaccination offers pregnant women the best protection against COVID-19, which can be severe in some women.
“We believe that it should be a woman’s decision whether or not to receive the vaccine after considering the benefits and risks and would encourage pregnant women to do so, with a trusted source such as her family doctor, obstetrician, or midwife to discuss with a healthcare professional at a vaccination center.
“This move will allow all pregnant women in the UK to make the decision that is right for them while protecting the non-pregnant population in their age group from COVID-19.”