Under new advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC), pregnant women are to be offered an mRNA vaccine at any stage of pregnancy.
The change was announced by Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly and has also been endorsed by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan.
It was originally recommended that pregnant women be offered the vaccine between 14 and 36 weeks gestation.
This has been updated to any stage of pregnancy as a result of growing evidence that supports the safety and effectiveness of vaccines.
Stephen Donnelly stated, “The evidence shows that vaccination is the best way to protect both mother and baby from serious harm from Covid-19 and I am pleased to today announce that Covid-19 vaccination will be available at all stages of pregnancy.”
He understood that many pregnant women along with their partners may have questions about this vaccine update and encouraged them to engage with their obstetric care team.
Meanwhile, immunocompromised individuals aged 12 years old and over are set to receive an additional vaccine dose.
This third dose will be administered after a minimum of two months following their last dose.