The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has issued an information leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant and lactating mothers.
Dr. Salwa AbouYakoub, Chair of Obstetrics, Dr. Mariam Al Beloushi, Dr. Gamal Ahmed – Senior Consultants in Obstetrics and Gynecology; Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Hamad Medical Corporation, and Dr. Soha Al Bayat, Head of Vaccination, Ministry of Public Health, Qatar have all prepared the leaflet.
Here are the main points mentioned in the leaflet:
- Is it safe to take COVID-19 Vaccines in pregnancy?
The two COVID-19 vaccines available in Qatar (Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna vaccines) do not appear to contain any ingredients considered to be harmful to pregnant women or a developing child.
There are no concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, according to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI, UK), Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA, UK), and Food and Drug Administration (FDA, USA). All of this is reassuring, and research are currently being conducted to validate it.
The latest advice from the JCVI (UK) is that vaccination during pregnancy should be considered if the risk of COVID-19 infection is high or cannot be prevented, and if the woman has an underlying condition that puts her at very high risk of severe COVID-19 complications. Breastfeeding mothers were given similar advice.
- When in pregnancy can you take the vaccine?
You can get the vaccine at any point during your pregnancy. You may want to take the two doses of the vaccine some time before the third trimester after consulting with your doctor (before 28 weeks). You can, however, get the vaccine after that.
- Receiving vaccine while try to get pregnant?
Yes, the JCVI, CDC, and MHRA all recommend that you get the vaccine now and there is no need to delay it.
- You have already taken the 1st dose of the vaccine, now you are pregnant; can you take the 2nd dose?
Yes. You can take the 2nd dose of the vaccine at the scheduled time after consulting your doctor.
- Taking the vaccine while breastfeeding?
Yes it is safe. According to current WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (United States), MHRA (United Kingdom), and JCVI (United Kingdom) guidelines, the vaccine can be taken when breastfeeding because it is not thought to pose a danger to the breastfeeding child.
For more information, download the leaflet: here