The Commonwealth Government have announced that pregnant women aged 16 years and over are considered a priority group and are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination and should be offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
Updated AstraZeneca advice for pregnant women
Pregnant women who received their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive a second dose of the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, although the Pfizer vaccine is preferred. The recommended gap between dose one AstraZeneca and dose two of Pfizer is 12 weeks unless otherwise discussed with your health provider.
You can read the joint statement from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) here.
Updated vaccine safety advice for pregnant women
Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not found any significant safety concerns with mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer, given at any stage of pregnancy and suitable when breastfeeding. There is also evidence of antibodies in blood and breastmilk, which may protect infants through passive immunity.
COVID-19 vaccination is recommended because pregnant women who contract COVID-19 have an increased risk of severe illness and adverse pregnancy outcomes. COVID-19 during pregnancy also increases the risk of complications for the baby.
People who are breastfeeding or planning pregnancy
The Australian Government’s advice remains unchanged for people trying to become pregnant and breastfeeding that you do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination. You do not need to stop breastfeeding. Women in this group should book in for vaccination as soon as they are eligible.
Learn more on the Australian Government’s webpage for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning pregnancy here.
How to book
We encourage all pregnant women to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after discussing the most appropriate options with their healthcare provider.
When you have discussed your options, you can book via the Coronavirus Hotline on 1800 675 398 or via the online booking portal.
Latest priority groups
Everyone can view the latest eligibility criteria and priority groups for the Government vaccination rollout plan here.