Pregnant and breastfeeding women are still advised to get the Covid-19 vaccine

Pregnant and breastfeeding women are still advised to get the Covid-19 vaccine

many of People on Twitter The UK government has claimed it has stopped recommending the Covid-19 vaccine for pregnant and breastfeeding women. this is not true.

in Tweet “Therefore, the government changed its recommendations after two years, now claiming that pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Vax. It is too late for some,” said Matt Le Tissier, the former soccer player, who has garnered more than 7,500 retweets.

this is not true. The The NHS still recommends To get vaccinated against Covid-19 if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Claims were also subscriber in Facebook.

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Where do these allegations come from?

1 Twitter user He said there had been a “turn in” and referred to a document that he claimed was “quietly published in August”.

who – which documentWhich multiple tweets It includes screenshots, has a section at the bottom titled “Toxicity Conclusions” which says that “it is considered that there are no sufficient guarantees for the safe use of the vaccine in pregnant women at the present time” and “Lactating women should also not be vaccinated”.

Although, he adds, “these judgments reflect a lack of data at present and do not reflect a specific finding of concern.”

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) told Full Fact that the document “comes from overall evaluation report (PAR) [for the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine] Which reflects our assessment at the time of vaccine approval.”

The MHRA approved the Pfizer vaccine for use in the UK in December 2020, which is also the time of the documents first published. The section detailing the lack of evidence of safe use in pregnant and lactating women has lived since at least then December 2020.

In April 2021, a Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization He advised that pregnant women should be given the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as their age group.

The ministry added: “Since then new data (non-clinical and post-licensing ‘real-world’ data) have emerged that support updated advice on vaccination of pregnant and lactating women.

Our latest advice can be found in our summary of Yellow Card COVID-19 Vaccine Report which states that vaccines are safe to use during pregnancy and lactation.”

Vicki Mill, an immunologist at Imperial College London working on pregnancy, tweet it The document “describes only data that Pfizer has provided to the Drug and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, not data generated independently by us from universities and government agencies, which tracks vaccine safety in more than 315,000 pregnant women and finds no problem.”

In other words, this is an old document, before there was a lot of factual data about the vaccine being safe for pregnant women.

Confusion updates

The document says it was “updated on August 16, 2022,” which seems to have caused some confusion among people who think it has just been published. This document is the same Do not show It has been updated, but it is part of a set of documents relating to regulatory approval of the Pfizer vaccine, which contains another document that has been updated.

The Department of Health and Human Services told Full Fact that the August 16 update “refers to changes made to the Summary of Product Characteristics and the Patient Information Leaflet, found in same page as an overall assessment report.

On the MHRA webpage Titled “Regulatory Approval of a Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine for COVID-19” (which is associated with General evaluation report document people were sharing) There’s a section that says “View all updates”. This indicates that updates on August 16 were to “include information about receiving a file [different brand of vaccine for the] Booster dose in individuals aged 18 years and over.” Nothing was mentioned about safety during pregnancy.

A representative of Mr. Le Tissier told Full Fact: “It has been widely reported that the information is confusing” and that “the real question is why it is mentioned on the government page and how confusing these guidelines are.”

The Covid-19 vaccine is recommended for both pregnant and breastfeeding women

as we have Written before, the Covid-19 vaccine is recommended at all stages of pregnancy. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists He says the vaccine is “the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy to both women and children, including getting the woman into intensive care and premature delivery of the baby.”

The Royal College of Midwives It warns that pregnant women are “more likely to become seriously ill if they develop [Covid-19] Thus, “getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and your child from the effects of COVID-19.”

It is true that when the Pfizer vaccine was first approved in the UK, the advice was for pregnant and breastfeeding women not to get it. Pregnant women were excluded from the large initial trials of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and 57 . vaccines unintended pregnancy During the trials it was not sufficient to provide meaningful safety data during pregnancy.

But since then Numerous studiesas shown in This review, that Covid-19 is safe and associated with lower stillbirths. And from April 2021In England, pregnant women have been advised to get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Moreover, monitoring of the safety of vaccines during pregnancy continues through yellow card schemewhich allows anyone to report a suspected reaction or side effect after a vaccine, even if they don’t know it was caused by the vaccine.

According to MHRA who administers the scheme, “There is no pattern of reports to suggest that any of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK, or any interactions with these vaccines, increase the risk of miscarriage or stillbirth.”

She adds: “MHRA will continue to closely monitor safety data for the use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy, including through the evaluation of electronic health care registry data.”

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