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NEW COVID STUDY: Covid vaccine doses for pregnant women


The country's largest clinical trial investigating the best gap between first and second COVID-19 vaccine doses for pregnant women has been launched in England.

One of the the sites confirmed is Liverpool Women's Hospital.

Data published last week by NHS England and the University of Oxford also shows no pregnant women who have had both doses of a vaccine have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

Following 130,000 pregnant women being vaccinated in the US and no safety concerns being raised, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were recommended by the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation for pregnant women in the UK.

Almost 52,000 pregnant women in England have now been vaccinated – similarly, with no safety concerns reported.
Only 3 have been admitted after having their first dose, meaning 98% of those admitted to hospital have not received a jab.

Participants will need to be between 18 and 44-years-old, have no health conditions and be between 13 and 34 weeks pregnant on the day of vaccination. They will receive 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine – or one dose if they've already had their first – at either the shorter interval of 4 to 6 weeks, or the longer interval of 8 to 12 weeks.


They will be scheduled to attend 9 visits in total and will be required to complete an electronic diary between visits on any symptoms. They will also be given a 24-hour mobile number so they can contact one of the trial team at any time if they have concerns.

More than a dozen sites across England will be taking part in the clinical trial.

The sites confirmed to date are:

– St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

– University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

– St Michael’s Hospital, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

– Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

– Leeds General Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

– St Helier Hospital, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

– Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

– Princess Royal Hospital, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

– Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

– The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

– Royal Preston Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

– Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

– Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

It is understood two further sites are awaiting confirmation.


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