Pregnant women urged not to get Covid jab because ‘risks are still unknown’

Pregnant women will not be given the new coronavirus vaccine until after they have given birth, guidance as revealed.

The news comes as the UK became the first country in the world to approve a vaccine for use today.

But the good news has been dampened for future mothers as experts have said the potential risks on a pregnancy are still unknown, the Mirror Online reports.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updated its advice on priority groups for vaccination after the UK approved Pfizer's jab for emergency use on Wednesday.

It recommended pregnant women not come forward to receive the jab, writing: "There are no data as yet on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy, either from human or animal studies.

"Given the lack of evidence, JCVI favours a precautionary approach, and does not currently advise Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy.

"Women should be advised not to come forward for vaccination if they may be pregnant or are planning a pregnancy within three months of the first dose."

It adds: "Data are anticipated which will inform discussions on vaccination in pregnancy.

"JCVI will review these as soon as they become available."

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New mothers who are breastfeeding will be allowed the jab, and the guidance says pregnant women who are deemed-high risk should still be offered the vaccine as soon as they have given with.

The elderly, vulnerable and health and social care workers will be given priority.

The guidance does not include pregnant women or children under 16.

Under 18s will also not be offered the vaccine unless they are clinically vulnerable or working with those who are vulnerable. They may do so after more research has been carried out, The Metro reported.

Matt Hancock said today that help was finally “on its way” in the shape of the new vaccine.

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He said: “The NHS stands ready to start vaccinating early next week.

"The UK is the first country in the world to have a clinically approved vaccine for supply.”

Here is the priority list of those will receive the coronavirus vaccine:

1. Residents in a care home for older adults and their carers

2. All those 80 years of age and over. Frontline health and social care workers

3. All those 75 years of age and over

4. All those 70 years of age and over. Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals

5. All those 65 years of age and over

6. All individuals aged 16 to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality

7. All those 60 years of age and over

8. All those 55 years of age and over

9. All those 50 years of age and over

When publishing the interim priority list, the JCVI said the priority of the rest of the population will be determined later.

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