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Pregnant women should be offered Covid jab with Pfizer or Moderna 'preferable'


Pregnant women should be offered the Covid-19 jab at the same time as the rest of the population, the UK’s vaccine advisers have said.

New advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) said there were “no specific safety concerns” identified with “any brand of Covid-19 vaccines” in relation to pregnancy.

Data from the US showed around 90,000 pregnant women had received jabs – mainly the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines – “without any safety concerns being raised”.

The JCVI said it is “preferable” for pregnant women in the UK to be offered these two vaccines where available.

It added: “There is no evidence to suggest that other vaccines are unsafe for pregnant women, but more research is needed.”



Expectant mothers should get the jab in line with their age or clinical risk
Expectant mothers should get the jab in line with their age or clinical risk

Professor Wei Shen Lim, Covid-19 chair for JCVI, said: “We encourage pregnant women to discuss the risks and benefits with their clinician – those at increased risk of severe outcomes from Covid-19 are encouraged to promptly take up the offer of vaccination when offered.

“There have been no specific safety concerns from any brand of Covid-19 vaccines in relation to pregnancy.

“There are more real-world safety data from the US in relation to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines in women who are pregnant – therefore, we advise a preference for these to be offered to pregnant women.”

Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said: “The available data on the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines provide confidence that they can be offered safely to pregnant women.

“The Covid-19 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.”





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