COVID Vaccination Allergies, Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Update (5th January)
Allergies and Anaphylaxis
The MHRA has advised that individuals with a history of anaphylaxis to food, an identified drug or vaccine, or an insect sting can receive any COVID-19 vaccine, as long as they are not known to be allergic to any component of the vaccine. Please read Section 2 and Section 6 of the Information Leaflet for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
Pregnant women should not be given any COVID-19 vaccination routinely. The JCVI has advised, however, that vaccination in pregnancy should be considered where the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV2 infection is high and cannot be avoided, or where the woman has underlying conditions that put them at very high risk of serious complications of COVID-19. In these circumstances, please discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your clinician.
The JCVI advises that breastfeeding women may be offered vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for immunisation against COVID-19, and the woman should be informed about the absence of safety data for the vaccine in breastfeeding women.