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COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant and breastfeeding women

Updated Wednesday 10 March 2021

Several respected bodies, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have issued advice on the subject of vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women.. The experience of the pandemic in other countries has been significantly different. The following advice takes into consideration the low level of community transmission in Australia and New Zealand. Read more >


A message for pregnant women and their families

Updated Thursday 6 August 2020

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: covid19evidence.net.au


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
 

Weekly Videos

 



Daily updates

COVID-19 is an evolving situation. This page will be updated on a daily 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:

Wednesday, 7 April 2021 New:
- Q&A: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination and breastfeeding (see Community Information)
Wednesday, 7 April 2021 New:
- COVID-19 vaccine and breastfeeding infographic launched (see Community Information)
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 New:
- Webinar COVID vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women (see Community Information)
Wednesday, 24 March 2021 New:
- Video - Maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic (see Community Information)
Tuesday, 26 January 2021 New:
- Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women


 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer

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)

CPD FAQs
(updated Friday 1 May 2020)

Clinical Resources for Health Care Workers 
(updated Friday 7 August 2020)

Public Health Resources 
(updated Tuesday 20 October 2020)

Workforce and Membership

Latest Research 
(updated Thursday 14 May 2020)

Advocacy
(updated Friday 31 July 2020)

Wellbeing
(updated Friday 15 May 2020)

College Events
(updated Sunday 26 April 2020)

Media
(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)



 

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COVID-19 vaccine and breastfeeding infographic launched

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