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Pfizer COVID vaccine approved for pregnant women

What you need to know

  • Pfizer is considered by experts to be safe for women at all stages of pregnancy
  • Pregnant women are eligible for vaccine, falling under priority 1b
  • Evidence points to passive immunity for infants
The Department of Health has confirmed that pregnant women aged 16 and over are now eligible to receive a Pfizer vaccine.

Pregnant women are now considered a priority group in the vaccine rollout and have been moved to phase 1b as they have a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 and their babies have a higher risk of being born prematurely. Vaccination is considered the best way to reduce these risks. Vaccination Decision Guide

Disability workers who are pregnant should also note the latest advice from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI):
  • That pregnant women are routinely offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of pregnancy
  • Global data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy
  • There is evidence of antibody in cord blood and breastmilk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity
  • Pregnant women are encouraged to discuss the decision in relation to timing of vaccination with their health professional.
RANCZOG and ATAGI add that women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination.

Vaccinations are available at provider-lead hubs, state and territory government-run clinics, Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, GPs registered as vaccine providers or Commonwealth dedicated disability vaccination hubs. Find vaccine providers in your area on the vaccine eligibility checker.