The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists strongly recommends Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy. Dr Cliona Murphy, Chair of the Institute and Consultant Obstetrician at the Coombe Hospital said: “Pregnant women are not at higher risk of contracting the virus but those that develop symptoms have a higher chance of hospitalisation and needing intensive care.
“An increased number of pregnant women have been admitted to ICU in Ireland in the last six weeks and some have required emergency premature delivery. Intensive care admissions are prolonged for both mothers and babies”, Dr Murphy said.
“The adverse effects of Covid-19 in the second and third trimester can be reduced by vaccination. Vaccine effectiveness and safety in pregnancy has been established with no increased risk of miscarriage, stillbirth or growth restriction. Couples trying to conceive should avail of vaccination first. Vaccines do not impact fertility. Having the vaccine is also safe for breastfeeding mothers” Dr Murphy said.
The Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) has issued guidelines and information to inform and support women and their doctors about vaccination in pregnancy.