The new resources assist healthcare professionals to promote COVID-19 vaccination to pregnant women
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has published Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination in pregnancy. This interim guidance, which will be incorporated into the RCOG guideline Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy when it is updated in autumn 2021, summarises the latest recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy in a format useful for maternity services.
Based on guidance issued by Public Health England, the DHSC, and the NHS, the document presents the latest evidence supporting COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, explains which vaccines are currently approved for use in pregnant women in the UK, and details the potential maternal and fetal adverse effects of vaccination. The guideline also provides practical advice on eligibility for vaccination and the optimal timing of vaccination during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and fertility treatment.
In addition, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has produced a fact sheet to help midwives discuss the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination with pregnant women. The fact sheet explains how to start a conversation about vaccination with women, lists the reasons why the RCOG, RCM, and Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation recommend vaccination in pregnancy, and provides reassurance that vaccination is safe for both women and their babies.