Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and those planning pregnancy

Updated Friday 22 April 2022

RANZCOG provides updated advice for COVID vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women and those planning pregnancy. Read more >

A message for pregnant women and their families

Updated Tuesday 24 August 2021

Pregnancy is a time of great joy and expectation for most women and their families. Following the declaration of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we understand that all pregnant women will feel a great sense of anxiety about their own health and that of their unborn or newborn baby. We have put together some key FAQs to inform our patients of the knowledge available to us now regarding risks to pregnant women and their offspring, advice regarding self-care during pregnancy, and changes to the way that antenatal and postnatal care will be delivered. Read more >

You can also find high-priority, evidence-based clinical COVID-19 guidelines updated weekly with the latest research here:

President's Update

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) acknowledges the risk posed to the community, health workers, and all patients, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RANZCOG also recognises our responsibility to respond to this situation as a large organisation, and also as a medical college and health leader. In a complex and rapidly-evolving situation, the College is determined to communicate the most up-to-date information to our members, and the patients we care for. Our statements also provide guidance on a broad range of relevant matters.

However we realise that one organisation cannot hope to be a single source and therefore we have curated the best information available from Australia, New Zealand and around the world, and put it in one place. This portal will be constantly moderated, reviewed and updated. Comments and suggestions are welcome and should be directed to [email protected].

Read the President’s message about the importance of emotional wellbeing


Videos (updated 4 February 2022)

Listen: COVID-19 vaccines pregnancy in different languages (added 28 January 2022)


COVID-19 is an evolving situation. This page will be updated on a regular basis as information becomes available. We encourage you to visit this page regularly. If you would like to suggest other areas we could cover, please email [email protected].

Below you can find a summary of all updates communicated by RANZCOG in a timeline format:

22 April 2022 Updated: COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women and those planning pregnancy. Read more.
13 April 2022 Updated: COVID-19: Access to reproductive health services. Read more.
13 January 2022 The Australian College of Midwives and RANZCOG have reiterated the importance of COVID-19 vaccines. Read more.
7 January 2022 COVID-19 vaccine: Pregnancy and breastfeeding (New Zealand Ministry of Health). Read more.
Friday 24 December 2021 Updated: RANZCOG reiterates advice on COVID-19 vaccination (This statement covers COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 booster vaccination).
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 more.
Wednesday 8, December 2021 RANZCOG reiterates advice on COVID-19 vaccination (This statement covers COVID-19 vaccination and COVID-19 booster vaccination). Read more.
Friday, 5 November 2021 New: Statement on booster vaccinations. Read more.
Thursday, 4 November 2021 Updated: COVID-19: Information for pregnant women, and those who have recently given birth. (Ministry of Health) Read more.
Friday, 29 October 2021 RANZCOG reiterates our advice that trying to conceive, pregnancy, and breastfeeding, are not reasons for medical exemption from receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.
Thursday, 30 September 2021 RANZCOG encourages all healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID- 19. Read more.
Friday, 17 September 2021 RANZCOG urges all practitioners to help pregnant women get vaccinated. Read more.
Tuesday, 7 September 2021 ACM and RANZCOG Joint Statement re: Kolikonda Review. Read more.
Tuesday, 24 August 2021 Updated: COVID-19 and pregnant health care workers and other at-risk workers. Read more.
Monday, 23 August 2021 New: Recommendations for antenatal referral for obstetric care in women with Covid-19 (NZ). Read more.
Tuesday, 17 August 2021 Midwives and obstetricians encourage COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. Read more.
Thursday, 12 August 2021 Pregnant women need access to COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy. Read more.




The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) is the lead body for women’s health in Australia and New Zealand and carries the responsibility for advice, dissemination of information and support of our members, our patients and the community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The College respects the role of government, health departments and health administrators in coordinating a national response. Our public statements are made following consultation with officials, and medical experts, and with the understanding that the impacts of the pandemic are evolving, multifactorial and that action in one area will have intended, and unintended, effects on other areas.

RANZCOG will continue to provide information and advice that is the best available, to our knowledge. Given the recency of Covid-19 and the paucity of data, particularly in pregnancy, the accuracy of any advice may be rapidly superseded. We will endeavour to regularly update our communication as new information becomes available. Furthermore, RANZCOG will not comment on areas beyond our remit.

RANZCOG commentary on COVID-19 should be considered advisory, and not proscriptive, and all health workers, and the general public, should heed the advice of government and health authorities.


Further resources


Community Information
(updated Wednesday 7 April 2021)

Training & Assessment Updates 
(updated Thursday 24 September 2020)

(updated Friday 1 May 2020)

Clinical Resources for Health Care Workers 
(updated Monday 23 August 2021)

Public Health Resources 
(updated Tuesday 20 October 2020)

Workforce and Membership

Latest Research 
(updated Thursday 14 May 2020)

(updated Friday 31 July 2020)

(updated Friday 15 May 2020)

College Events
(updated Sunday 26 April 2020)

(updated Thursday 14 May 2020)

Supporting Māori wāhine and whānau during COVID-19

COVID-19 and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

A COVID-19 Guide for Resource-Limited Environments 
(updated Tuesday 11 August 2020)




New Zealand Budget 2022 statement

RANZCOG welcomes an Aotearoa New Zealand budget focussed on health.



Call for clean energy by 2030

RANZCOG joins with other medical colleges in calling for clean energy by 2030 to protect health.



Jony Berry

RANZCOG welcomes Jony Berry to the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisor.