The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommend that pregnant women are offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.
Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy.
Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss the decision in relation to timing of vaccination with their health professional.
The full statement from RANZCOG and more information can be found here.
Karaponi Okesene-Gafa, Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Shekinah Gafa, Midwife. Mother and daughter from Counties Manukau Health wanted to encourage all Pasifika mamas to get the COVID vaccine.