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RANZCOG reiterates advice on COVID-19 vaccination

24 December 2021

This statement was updated on 24 December 2021

This statement covers COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 booster vaccination

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand has reiterated the importance of COVID-19 vaccines.

mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 are recommended for all people trying to conceive (either spontaneously, or through IVF), pregnant, or breastfeeding. This advice is based on robust data supporting safety in these circumstances.

Specifically:
  • There is no evidence of negative impact on fertility
  • There is no evidence of an increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm birth or other adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • There is no evidence of negative impacts on the health of the breastfed infant
  • Conversely, infection with COVID-19 is associated with an increased risk of severe disease, hospitalisation, admission to intensive care, mechanical ventilation, and death, in pregnant women, and an increased risk of prematurity and stillbirth.

RANZCOG President Dr Benjamin Bopp said: “What poses the greatest risk to women and their babies is not the vaccine — it is the COVID-19 infection itself.”
 
“Protect you and your baby – get the COVID-19 vaccine.”
 
Booster vaccinations
 
mRNA vaccines are safe and effective for those trying to conceive, pregnant and breastfeeding women. Booster doses have been shown to be safe and effective in non-pregnant adults. Routine booster vaccinations in pregnancy are already recommended for whooping cough and influenza.

As Omicron becomes the dominant circulating strain of COVID-19, RANZCOG and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommend COVID-19 vaccines including boosters in pregnancy, timed in line with local guidelines for Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

Read the ATAGI Statement on the Omicron variant and the timing of COVID-19 booster vaccination


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