Pregnant women in the UK can now get a Covid-19 vaccine, the UK health authorities said on Friday. They cited data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which suggests that around 90,000 pregnant women in the United States have been vaccinated without any health problems.
The new guidelines state that women in the UK who are trying to become pregnant, have recently given birth or are breastfeeding could be vaccinated with any vaccine available. However, the Pfizer BioNTech or Moderna cans are preferred because “there is more real safety data from the US”
At the start of the pandemic, the UK had recommended against vaccines for pregnant women due to a lack of research into side effects. However, the country expanded access to women at high risk for serious complications from Covid-19 late last year.
Last month, the CDC and the World Health Organization recommended that pregnant women could be vaccinated, but should still consult their doctors. WHO limits its recommendations to pregnant women at high risk of contracting the coronavirus, including healthcare workers or those with underlying illnesses.
When infected, pregnant women are at increased risk of serious illness and death. During the pandemic, more pregnant women had complications or were stillborn. This was the result of an analysis of 40 studies in 17 countries published last month in the journal Lancet Global Health.
Vaccines are generally considered safe, and pregnant women have been encouraged to get immunized against influenza and other diseases since the 1960s, even though rigorous clinical trials have not been conducted to test them.