NMC statement on new vaccination advice for pregnant women

Published on 03 August 2021

Read our statement below

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar for the Nursing and Midwifery Council, said:

“We know that the majority of midwives on our permanent register, who despite facing uncertainty and adapting to new ways of working throughout Covid-19 pandemic, continue to provide safe, kind and effective care and support for women and their families.

“As our understanding of Covid-19 improves, we’ve seen advice for different groups of people change. It is important midwives keep up to date with that clinical advice for the benefit of pregnant women and the families they’re caring for.

“Our Code clearly sets out the importance of midwives fully recognising their responsibility to provide pregnant women and their families with support and accurate information. The Code also sets out that they have a duty to act in a way that puts the interest of those using health and care services first.

“In line with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s advice, we encourage all pregnant women and their families to receive a Covid-19 vaccination if they have not already done so in order to provide the best protection against Covid-19. I’m sure their midwives will give them appropriate reassurance and support as they cope with this difficult situation.”


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