Throughout the vaccine roll-out, the recommendations for pregnant women in the UK changed several times. For example:
3rd December 2020 —at the start of the vaccine roll-out, due to a lack of data, the JCVI did not advise pregnant women to receive the vaccine at all, advising women to also avoid vaccinations if they were planning to become pregnant in the subsequent three months.22
30th December 2020 —the guidelines then changed, recommending the vaccines to women who were particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 or who had a particularly high risk of exposure. However, the evidence was still insufficient to recommend the routine vaccination of pregnant women.23
16th April 2021 —all pregnant women should be offered their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population.24
11th October 2021 —pregnant women ‘urged’ to come forward for a COVID-19 vaccine following low uptake rates.25
Obviously, vaccination could not be recommended within these groups without sufficient evidence, but the result of the overall public health messaging has been hugely detrimental to vaccine confidence within this group.