The vaccination accelerates in Spain and will do so more in the coming months. In June alone, our country will receive 13 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, one million more a week than initially planned (1.7 million). More and more groups are receiving the drug against covid, including those pregnant and nursing mothers.
From the Ministry of Health, they remind that it is safe for nursing mothers or pregnant women to be vaccinated. The ministry led by Carolina Darias makes this recommendation based on available data, which do not indicate any adverse effects, and the recommendations of other countries. In all, it is proposed to vaccinate pregnant or lactating women with mRNA vaccines when it corresponds to them according to the prioritization group to which they belong.
That is, pregnant or lactating women are entitled to a dose of Pfizer or Modern, the two available vaccines that have been developed with mRNA technology, unlike Janssen or AstraZeneca.
Experience from other countries
As stated in the update 7 of the ‘Vaccination strategy against COVID-19 in Spain’, dated May 11, although the clinical trials of the covid vaccines did not include pregnant women, “a recently published study in the US, which included 36,591 pregnant women who had been vaccinated with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, he found no safety signs ”.
Furthermore, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assure that “recent reports have shown that breastfeeding people who have received mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 have antibodies in your breast milk, which could help protect their babies. ” But more data is needed to determine what level of protection these antibodies might give the baby.
For its part, says Health, the Vaccination and Immunization Committee (JCVI) of the UK recommends that vaccines against the coronavirus should be offered to pregnant or lactating women at the same time as the rest of the population, depending on their age and clinical risk.
In the case of Belgium, also recommend the use of mRNA vaccines for the vaccination of pregnant women, lactating women and those who wish to become pregnant.
In general, the Ministry of Health points out, no increased risk detected of severe coronavirus due to being pregnant, beyond the risk conditions that the woman presents. For all this, Health continues, “it is proposed to vaccinate pregnant or lactating women with mRNA vaccines when appropriate according to the prioritization group to which they belong.