6 January 2021 - Update - COVID-19 Vaccination
There is updated advice from the UK Government regarding Priority groups for coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination : advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) updated 30 December 2020 can be viewed:
The JCVI has also amended its previous highly precautionary advice on COVID-19 vaccines and pregnancy or breastfeeding. Vaccination with either vaccine in pregnancy should be considered where the risk of exposure SARS-CoV2 infection is high and cannot be avoided, or where the woman has underlying conditions that place her at very high risk of serious complications of COVID-19, and the risks and benefits of vaccination should be discussed.
Those who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination, and breastfeeding women may be offered vaccination with either vaccine following consideration of the woman’s clinical need for immunisation against COVID-19. The UK Chief Medical Officers agree with this advice.
Information on NHS Inform has been updated to show the updated position on pregnancy, breastfeeding and the coronavirus vaccine. Link here:https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/immunisation/vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/pregnancy-breastfeeding-and-the-coronavirus-vaccine
BFS Prize Winners
Recently during the British Fertility Society remote conference two of the ACU team were awarded prizes.
Jen Ulyatt, Nurse Seditionist was awarded the BFS Nursing Prize for nurse sedation service for assisted reproduction procedures and a patient centred approach.
Morven Dean, Trainee Clinical Embryologist (previously worked with University of Dundee) was awarded the prize for pre-registration Jean Purdy Prize - Exploring the maximal [Ca2+] potential in human sperm. Morven was a postgraduate student undertaking a PhD at University of Dundee before becoming our trainee embryologist