Norway’s health institute: It’s better to get pregnant after corona vaccination

PregnantPhoto: Lise Åserud / NTB

Norway’s National Institute of Public Health (FHI) believes women planning to become pregnant should wait until one week has passed from receiving the last dose of the corona vaccine. 

The health authorities’ general advice has always been that pregnant women should not be given corona vaccines because the vaccines have not been tested on the group. 

In the same way, children under the age of 18 will not be vaccinated.

It’s better to wait

On Sunday, the FHI’s Preben Aavitsland told newspaper VG that those who are planning to become pregnant should wait until after the vaccines have been administered.

“If you are going to vaccinate a woman who is planning to become pregnant, you should make sure that she can wait to become pregnant until she is fully vaccinated, i.e., one week after the second dose. 

“Then the woman has the best possible protection against the coronavirus before she becomes pregnant,” he said.

Stricter rules

At Oslo University Hospital, however, employees are asked to follow even stricter rules. 

According to chief physician Ragnhild Raastad at the infection control department, they are advised to avoid pregnancy both during the vaccination period and four weeks afterward – three weeks longer than what the FHI recommends.

“We have good infection control routines and currently believe that the risk of infection is not so great that it outweighs the uncertainty these women may experience if they become pregnant shortly after vaccination,” Raastad said.

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