Sumary of 'We're not a priority': Pfizer is safe for pregnant women — so why aren't they eligible?:
- “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 joint statement.
- But in most parts of Australia (Tasmania or the Northern Territory being the exception), pregnant women under 40 are currently ineligible to get the Pfizer vaccine because they are not considered a priority group by the federal government.
- Some women are getting access to the vaccine by meeting other eligibility criteria, such as if they have an underlying medical condition.
- When the official health advice recently changed, Ms Hagerty quickly went searching for ways to get a Pfizer jab.
- She first enquired at her GP clinic, but they were only offering the AstraZeneca vaccine, with priority given to patients receiving their second dose.
- Talia Hagerty could not get the Pfizer vaccine despite health authorities recommending pregnant women to do so.
- “The eligibility requirements don’t include pregnant women because we’re not a priority group, and I’m not old enough,” said the 34-year-old New South Wales resident.
- “Any of the online links that are circulating … if you indicate that you’re pregnant, [that] will not [qualify] you to book an appointment.