The Superintendent of Public Health, Prof. Charmaine Gauci is advising against getting pregnant before taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

In her ‘Ask Charmaine’ column by Times of Malta, Prof. Gauci was answering the following question: “You have said that women planning on getting pregnant in the next two months should avoid the COVID-19 vaccine. Does that apply also to their male partner?”


“For women of childbearing age, pregnancy should be excluded before vaccination,” she says, noting that right now there is little to no data on the use of the vaccine on pregnant women. “Animal reproductive toxicity studies have not been completed. Hence, the COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine B is not recommended during pregnancy.”

“In addition, women of childbearing age should be advised to avoid pregnancy for at least two months after their second dose. This only applies to women as it is the woman’s antibodies that can pass to the foetus through the bloodstream,” she confirmed.

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