Change in guidance on vaccination in pregnancy and when breastfeeding

On December 30th the UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) amended its guidance on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, to state that women with serious medical conditions and those who are at high risk of infection through their work as frontline health professionals or in care homes can access the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy.

This guidance covers all four countries of the UK.

Women in these circumstances are advised to have an individualised risk assessment conversation with their obstetrician or doctor. 

The JCVI also no longer recommends delaying pregnancy until three months after vaccination, stating that women who are eligible can receive the vaccine and do not need to delay pregnancy.

Similarly, the earlier advise against having the vaccine while breastfeeding, has been amended to state that women who are breastfeeding should be able to access the vaccination. 

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

Read our decision aid in full created to support pregnant women offered the COVID-19 vaccination in order to make a personalised informed choice, in discussion with a healthcare professional

Decision aid

Updated: February 2021