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RANZCOG urges all practitioners to help pregnant women get vaccinated

17 September 2021

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand urges all jurisdictions, and practitioners, to heed the advice issued by RANZCOG and ATAGI which recommends that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccine at any stage of pregnancy. This advice is supported by robust evidence of safety for both mothers and babies.

RANZCOG President Dr Vijay Roach said: “Pregnant women with COVID-19 are 2-3 times more likely to need admission to ICU, and 3 times more likely to require ventilation. COVID-19 is a serious, potentially deadly, disease for pregnant women and their babies. Pregnant women should get vaccinated, at any stage in pregnancy, as soon as they can. Waiting is not an option.

“Obstetricians, GPs and midwives are equipped with the comprehensive knowledge and expertise to provide advice to pregnant women in communities across Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. The data are clear:
 
  • Pregnant women have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is very safe.
  • There is no evidence of harm to those planning pregnancy, pregnant women, their baby or breastfeeding infants.

“Our advice is unequivocal and all healthcare workers carry the responsibility of informing their patients. Get vaccinated now.”
 
Media contact
Andre Khoury
Head of Communications and Public Affairs
0448 735 749
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