Professor Craig Pennell discusses pregnancy and the COVID Vaccine

There’s a lot of misinformation and confusion out there in relation to the COVID vaccine and pregnant people. We reached out to Professor Craig Pennell who is the Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Professor in Maternal Fetal Medicine at the University of Newcastle as well as chair of the Red Nose National Scientific Advisory Group.

​The short answer is yes, but watch the video to see Professor Pennell’s explanation on why he recommends this.

The Australian Government Department of Health says Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax (Moderna) vaccines are recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women and those planning a pregnancy. Women can receive the vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.

The risk of serious, negative outcomes from COVID-19 is higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby. Pregnant women who get COVID-19 have a higher risk of needing to go to hospital or needing intensive care. Their unborn baby will have a slightly higher chance of being born prematurely (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy) and needing to go to a hospital for care.

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