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Health experts are now officially recommending that pregnant women be offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage in their pregnancy.

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Previous advice had been that women who were pregnant and at a high risk of catching COVID-19, or who had medical conditions that might them more vulnerable to the disease, should consider getting vaccinated.

But the official health advice remained unclear about women who were not at risk of getting sick.

Now, the expert health panel advising the government on the vaccine, ATAGI, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) have issued an update to that advice.

“RANZCOG and ATAGI recommend that pregnant women are routinely offered Pfizer mRNA vaccine at any stage of pregnancy,” they said in a joint statement.

“This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby.

“Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-10 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy.”

The health advice for breastfeeding mothers was already that they should get the Pfizer vaccine, with authorities saying new evidence showed it could help pass immunity to their baby.

“There is also evidence of antibody in cord blood and breastmilk which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity,” RANZCOG and ATAGI said.

The statement said the advice had been given with the low level of community transmission in Australia and New Zealand in mind.

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As for women who are trying to have a baby, or who become pregnant soon after their vaccine, the advice is that there are no safety concerns and pregnancy “need not be delayed” after getting a jab.

“There is no evidence that women who become pregnant after receiving the vaccine are at increased risk of [fetal abnormalities], miscarriage or maternal illness,” RANZCOG said.

Both groups encouraged women to discuss the decision with their GP before they went to get vaccinated.

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Pennsylvania House votes to ban ‘vaccine passports,’ limit health secretary during emergency – 6abc Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania House voted to ban the use of COVID-19 “vaccine passports” by colleges and put new restrictions on the health secretary’s powers.

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Health Canada extends expiry dates for AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines set to expire Monday – CityNews Toronto

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The Ontario government said Saturday certain lots of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine that were set to expire on May 31 can now be used past their original expiry date following authorization by Health Canada.

“Health Canada has issued an authorization to extend the expiry date of specific lots of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from six months to seven months, following the review of submitted stability data,” said Alexandra Hilkene, press secretary to the minister of health.

Hilkene said vaccines that were set to expire May 31 can now be used until July 1.

NEW: Health Canada approves extending AstraZeneca expiry date from May 31st to July 1 “following a review of stability data.” It means Ontario’s AZ doses, set to expire this Monday, are no longer at risk of spoilage. #onpoli

— Cynthia Mulligan (@CityCynthia) May 29, 2021

Pharmacies and physicians’ offices had been rushing to administer thousands of shots this weekend ahead of the now-changed expiry date to avoid wasting doses.

The province started offering it for second shots to people who received the dose between March 10 and March 19 at pharmacies in Toronto, Windsor and Kingston, and at some primary care offices.

Approximately 90,000 people participated in the AstraZeneca pilot between March 10 and March 19. Many eager vaccine recipients reported frustration this week when trying to book second doses at pharmacies that were still waiting on delayed supply.

“Acceleration of AstraZeneca second doses will be continued with a 12-week interval, dependent on vaccine supply, with booking eligibility based on the date of the first dose,” Hilkene said Saturday. “AstraZeneca doses will be distributed across the province to be available for individuals at the 12-week interval.”

The province paused the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine earlier this month due to an increase in reports of rare but deadly blood clots.

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No one will be forced to take the vaccine however you will protect others if you get vaccinated – Minister for Health

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No one will be forced to take the vaccine however you will protect others if you get vaccinated – Minister for Health

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