The health authorities have changed their stance on pregnancy and the vaccine as they are no longer advising people to avoid pregnancy if receiving the COVID-19 jab, according to Times of Malta. Authorities are however advising that those who are at a high risk of developing complications if they contract COVID are to discuss the matter with their doctor.

Previously, those planning on getting pregnant were advised to delay until a few months after taking the vaccine and not to take the vaccine entirely if already going through pregnancy.

On Friday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revised its position on the matter in particular relation to the Moderna vaccine, saying there was “no specific reason to believe there will be specific risks that would outweigh the benefits of vaccination for pregnant women.” There is also similar advice pertaining to the Pfizer vaccine.

However, it is being advised by WHO that vulnerable pregnant women or those at high risk of exposure to the virus (such as healthcare workers), are to consult with their doctor about being vaccinated.

A health ministry spokesperson told Times of Malta there is “no need to avoid pregnancy once both doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have been received,” reiterating the WHO’s position that it is beneficial to take the vaccine which “may be especially important for certain pregnant women.” However, the spokesperson insisted that those who are pregnant should consult their personal doctor before taking the decision.

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