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Information for those currently pregnant or breastfeeding

This page was last updated on 11 August 2021 at 14.15hrs.

The Bailiwick’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is aligned to JCVI guidance.

The current advice for pregnant women 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.

The JCVI also recommend that pregnant women should discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccine with their healthcare professional and reach a joint decision based on individual circumstances. To support this process we are running specific clinics for pregnant women at the vaccination centre, where there will be a midwife present to discuss your options with you and answer and questions.

Anyone who is pregnant can book an appointment, however we are vaccinating in age cohorts and are starting with those aged 30 and above (age group correct as at 14 May 2021). If you are in the current age cohort call the vaccination call centre on 01481 220006 to book your appointment. Please inform them you are pregnant so they book you into the correct clinic. Don’t worry if you do not wish others to know you are pregnant, the clinics are run discreetly alongside those for our general population and nobody will know you are there for a specialist clinic.

In addition to age cohorts, if you fall into the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable cohort, you can also book your vaccine appointment now. People with the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments that can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • people with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • problems with your spleen, for example splenectomy (having your spleen removed)
  • adults with Down’s syndrome
  • adults on dialysis or with chronic kidney disease (stage 5)
  • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

The National Childbirth Trust has put questions about the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding to an expert panel from the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, the NHS and Public Health England. The video can be watched below:

National Childbirth Trust - COVID-19 Vaccine during pregnancy and breastfeeding

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