We have all seen in the news over the last week, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in the UK and a vaccination programme has begun. This is very exciting and we all hope it will herald the end of socially distancing from our family and friends. The government have issued advice for pregnant women, those hoping to conceive and breastfeeding.
The government have recommended that pregnant women do not receive the vaccine at the moment as it has not been assessed in pregnancy. Whilst there are no specific concerns regarding the vaccine, it is very normal for the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to be cautious and review further evidence.
Other groups of women have also been advised not to have the vaccine currently. These include; women who are planning to be pregnant in the next 3 months, women who think they might be pregnant, or women who are breastfeeding. Should a woman get pregnant after the initial dose of vaccine, she should delay the 2nd dose until the pregnancy has ended. Women are also advised to avoid conceiving for 2 months after they have had the 2nd dose of the vaccine.
The current advice is in place to protect us and may change in the future. There are other vaccines in development too. Altogether this is very promising news for the future.