RANZCOG encourages all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID- 19

30 September 2021

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is the peak body for women’s health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

RANZCOG respects the right of all people to make autonomous decisions about their personal health. However, the circumstances of the pandemic mean that unvaccinated healthcare workers place both themselves, and the people they care for, at greater risk of acquiring COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic poses an unprecedented risk to the health and wellbeing of the entire community.
The disease can be severe and result in prolonged illness, hospital and intensive care admission, long-term morbidity and death.
While treatments are available, clearly the most effective way to protect the community is through vaccination.
COVID-19 vaccines are safe, and effective, and reduce the substantial risks presented by the disease.
Healthcare workers are responsible for the health and wellbeing of our patients, the community and whānau.
Many health jurisdictions already routinely mandate that their employees are vaccinated, for example, against hepatitis, rubella, chicken pox and influenza.
Specifically, RANZCOG reiterates our advice that all pregnant women should be vaccinated against COVID-19 and that pregnancy is not a reason for a medical exemption.
RANZCOG encourages all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID- 19 and supports Public Health Orders, where applicable, for mandatory vaccination.

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