On the 16th April 2021, the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published new advice on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.
  • This is that COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. Women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances.
  • You can read the new guidance here:
  • https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-issues-new-advice-on-covid-19-vaccination-for-pregnant-women
  • The JCVI has identified that people under the age of 30 with no underlying health condition should be offered an alternative to the Astra Zeneca vaccine, as a precaution.
  • As there is more real world data from the USA in relation to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Vaccines during pregnancy, the RCOG and RCM advise that pregnant women are generally offered these vaccines.
  • If you planning a pregnancy, are in the immediate postnatal period or breastfeeding, you can be vaccinated with any vaccine.  You should not stop breastfeeding in order to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Women trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination and there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines will affect fertility.
  • Having a COVID-19 vaccine will not remove the requirement for employers to carry out a risk assessment for pregnant employees, which should follow the rules set out in this government guidance.
  • See the RCOG’s statement in response to change in guidance around the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

Click here For our information leaflet about coronavirus vaccination during pregnancy

The JCVI position can be read here

The joint RCM/RCOG response can be read here

Read our regularly updated Q&As with detailed coronavirus advice for pregnant women

The RCM's amended professional briefing for midwives to support them in advising pregnant and breastfeeding women can be found here

Updated: February 2021