21 August 2021

The RCPath, together with the RCOG, recommends that pregnant women receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Royal College of Pathologists, together with the  Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, recommends that pregnant women receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

This is in line with Government advice that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy offers the best protection against this disease, which can have serious consequences in  pregnancy for some women. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency data has found no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines are detrimental in pregnancy.

Evidence shows that, of those pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 infections, almost all were unvaccinated. The risk of a premature birth is twice that in women who tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of birth compared to those who were COVID-19 negative. Having the vaccine is the most effective way for women to protect themselves and their babies. 

The Royal College of Pathologists has produced a series of short videos in a number of languages to address some of the most common myths about the COVID-19 vaccines.

For further information, we recommend people refer to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ guidelines on COVID-19 vaccines, pregnancy and breastfeeding

Information for public health professionals can be found in COVID-19: the green book.