Vaccine Now Recommended for Women Planning or who are Pregnant.

In a statement published on Wednesday 9th of June 2021, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and national vaccine advisory group ATAGI said they had revised their recommendation on the basis of data collected in vaccine recipients abroad.

Pregnant women are now being encouraged to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, after previous advice that they should wait until after pregnancy for their shot if they were not at high risk of coming into contact with the virus or developing more severe illness.

The two organisations are now recommending that pregnant women be offered the Pfizer vaccine at any stage of their pregnancy.

“This is because the risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19 is significantly higher for pregnant women and their unborn baby,” they said in a statement, although the “large majority” will only experience mild illness.

“Global surveillance data from large numbers of pregnant women have not identified any significant safety concerns with mRNA COVID-19 vaccines given at any stage of pregnancy,” they added.

“Furthermore, there is also evidence of antibody in cord blood and breast milk, which may offer protection to infants through passive immunity.”

The organisations encouraged pregnant women to discuss the timing of their vaccination with a health professional.

“Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to delay vaccination or avoid becoming pregnant after vaccination,” they said.

The advice for women who are breastfeeding – that it is safe to receive a vaccine during this time – remains unchanged.

If you require further information, please contact our Nursing Team!

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Important COVID19 Update!

To our No. 1 Fertility community, please be advised that our Collins Street clinic (Level1/1 Collins St, Melbourne) has been declared a tier 1 exposure site, after a person who attended the site tested positive to COVID-19. Our main clinic at Jolimont (Emerald City) has NOT been affected and will be operating as normal, and of course still in-line with current restrictions.⁣

Important things to note:⁣

  1. All patients who have been affected by this have already been contacted and are now isolating in-line with DHHS guidelines.⁣
  2. Dr Lynn Burmeister has not been affected, nor has our hospital site for patient egg collections. This also includes the laboratory sites where all IVF procedures are conducted - these remain unaffected and are operating as normal.⁣
  3. The Collins Street clinic is a monitoring site where patients attend for scans and blood tests. This site is currently undergoing a deep clean. All staff and patients who were on site at the time the infected person was there, are now isolating in-line with DHHS guidelines.⁣

We understand the significance of this announcement and we are devastated for our patients and their families, who have been directly impacted by this. Our staff are working around the clock to ensure all queries are answered. Please rest assured that all patients affected have already been contacted.⁣

If you would like to speak to a clinic staff member, please phone (03) 9132 9600.⁣

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.⁣

No. 1 Fertility.

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