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RANZCOG urges all practitioners to help pregnant women get vaccinated

29 October 2021

RANZCOG, the leading body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Aotearoa New Zealand, reiterates our advice that trying to conceive, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, are not reasons for medical exemption from receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

RANZCOG has issued clear and unequivocal advice that 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 a negative impact on fertility, no evidence of an increased risk of miscarriage, fetal harm, pregnancy outcomes or the health of the breastfed neonate.
  • Conversely, infection with COVID-19 is associated with an increased risk of severe disease, hospitalisation, admission to intensive care, ventilation, and death, in pregnant women, and an increased risk of prematurity and stillbirth.

Read RANZCOG’s guidance

Read the advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI)


An email from the Ministry of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Update - Medical exemptions for vaccination Friday, 29 October 2021




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