The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.
To help make a decision:
The decision whether you want the vaccination is your choice, there is useful information that may help you to make a decision.
A short video with more information:
Consultant Obstetrician Jo Mountfield talks about the vaccination.
Government advice on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy and breastfeeding.
To offer additional support for pregnant women NHS Digital have this week announced that that there will be an ‘Are you Pregnant’ button on the national COVID-19 booking site. Through the site women will be able to book to have the appropriate vaccine and see tailored information and advice about the vaccines. This is in addition to you being able to access an appropriate vaccination via your GP.
Even if you receive the vaccine your employer should still complete a COVID-19 risk assessment.
If having read the RCOG decision aid and other information you would like to book the vaccine you need to:
- Book via the NHS site. There is the option to press are you pregnant on the site which gives them further information on the vaccine and book at an appropriate site
- Notify the team at the vaccination centre you are pregnant
- You are advised to have the Pfizer or Moderna vaccination
- Please note you cannot have any other vaccination (including flu or whooping cough) 7 days before or after a COVID-19 vaccination. So please be aware of this when you book your appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine.
Your midwife/obstetrician will be happy to talk to you about the vaccination in more detail if you would like.
Latest government advice on COVID-19 vaccination: a guide for all women of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding