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BPAS comment on provision of Covid-19 vaccinations for pregnant and breastfeeding women

Clare Murphy, Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, BPAS, said:

“We welcome the decision to update the guidance to enable women who are pregnant or breastfeeding to receive either one of COVID vaccines following an individual discussion of the risks and benefits to her, as well as the removal of the recommendation to avoid pregnancy following vaccination. We know some women have felt forced to choose between continuing to feed their baby in the way that works best for them and receiving the vaccine and this new guidance should mean women can now make their own choices, based on their own personal circumstances and health needs.

“We also hope this updated approach, which follows that taken in other countries, will provide additional reassurance to women who find out they are pregnant shortly after receiving the vaccine. Unplanned pregnancy is common in the U.K., but unplanned is not synonymous with unwanted - and we have been concerned that the guidance advising against use in pregnancy may cause unnecessary anxiety and result in the termination of otherwise wanted pregnancies. It’s vital that women receive good, evidence-based information to enable them to make their own vaccination and reproductive choices and this updated guidance reflects that approach.”

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For further information please contact BPAS on press@bpas.org or 07881 265276.

About BPAS

BPAS is a charity which sees almost 100,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception at clinics across the Great Britain. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. BPAS also runs the Centre for Reproductive Research and Communication, which seeks to develop and deliver a research agenda that furthers women’s access to evidence-based reproductive healthcare, driven by an understanding of women’s perspectives and needs. You can find out more here: https://www.bpas.org/get-involved/centre-for-reproductive-research-communication/

BPAS will be launching a not-for-profit fertility service in 2021 to provide ethical, evidence based, person-centred care that supports patients. We intend to only charge what it costs to provide a safe, high-quality, and accessible service to patients who may be unable to access NHS funded care.