Is the vaccine safe for pregnant women?

Information from Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent CCG’s: 

The COVID-19 vaccines available in the UK have been shown to be effective and to have a good safety profile. The early COVID-19 vaccines do not contain organisms that can multiply in the body, so they cannot infect an unborn baby in the womb.

While there are myths on social media that the vaccine can affect fertility, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that the vaccine affects fertility or the ability to carry a child to full term.

The antibodies produced against the COVID-19 spike protein following immunisation will not block syncitin-1 – the protein critical for the placenta to remain attached to the uterus.

While the COVID-19 spike protein shares several amino acids in common with syncitin-1, it is significantly different enough for the antibodies to recognise and block this critical placental binding protein. It should be also acknowledged that this vaccine is not a ‘live’ vaccine and there is no known risk associated with giving other non-live vaccines.

Some pregnant women who have contracted COVID-19 from not having the vaccine have died and/or suffered fetal loss because of acute COVID-19 infections, and some are in critical care.

Therefore, it is important to speak to your midwife if you have any questions about the vaccine and book your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can.

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