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11th Jan 2021

Some new information regarding pregnant women and the Covid-19 vaccine has been released

Trine Jensen-Burke

Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant women

The Covid-19 vaccine is finally here and Ireland has started the task of vaccinating all those wishing to receive the much-awaited vaccine.

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, some more information about the vaccine and how it can affect women who are pregnant or breastfeeding has now been made available.

The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists together with the National Immunisation Advisory Committee at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland have compiled the information, which has also been endorsed by the HSE National Women and Infants Health Programme.

This information has been gathered not only to assist women who are expecting or have recently welcomed their babies, but also their GPs and medical team in charge, so that they, in turn, can provide their patient with the safe and correct information.

Speaking about the newly released update and information, Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

‘Today we are issuing information to help to inform women who are pregnant or breastfeeding about the COVID-19 vaccine and also for their doctors which can help to inform discussions at this critical time.’

She continued, “It is important that women seek trusted information about the vaccines and can assess their risks with regards to COVID-19 and the vaccine in consultation with their healthcare providers.”

The information, titled Questions and Answers for pregnant or breastfeeding women and their doctors about COVID-19 vaccination, is available on The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s website and can be viewed by clicking here.