Skippack Pharmacy in Schwenksville is among numerous vaccine providers in the United States that have vaccinated pregnant women without any health issues for months, writes Isabella Grullón Paz for The New York Times.
Now, citing data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that around 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated without complications, British health authorities have announced that pregnant women in Britain are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Newly issued guidance in Britain states that women who are attempting to get pregnant, recently gave birth, or are breastfeeding can be vaccinated using any of the available vaccines, but that Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna are the preferred options because “there is more real-world safety data from the U.S.”
Britain had recommended against administering vaccines to pregnant women early in the pandemic due to a lack of research on potential side effects. They now expanded access to women who have a high risk of serious COVID-19 complications.
The C.D.C. and the World Health Organization recommended last month that vaccines could be given to pregnant women, but they should still consult their doctors.