Today presenter Sylvia Jeffreys says that she will not get the coronavirus injection during pregnancy
Today presenter Sylvia Jeffreys says she would refuse to get the Covid vaccine if she got it – prompting Karl Stefanovic to call in
Sylvia Jeffreys has sparked controversy on live television by admitting that she is unlikely to get the coronavirus shot while pregnant.
The largest ever vaccination in the country is underway: 60,000 Australians are expected to roll up their sleeves for their first dose this week.
The question remains whether the vaccine is safe for pregnant women, despite advice that it is not ‘routinely recommended’ by the federal health service.
Skepticism about the vaccine was a hot topic when noted family physician Dr. Kerryn Phelps and journalist Sarrah Le Marquand appeared on the Today Show on Wednesday.
Jeffreys, who is seven months pregnant with her second son expected in April, was drawn into the debate by co-presenter Karl Stefanovic, who asked if she had any concerns about the vaccine.
Sylvia Jeffreys (pictured right with husband Peter Stefanovic) admits it is unlikely she would get the coronavirus vaccine while pregnant or while trying to conceive
“I have done my utmost to find as much facts as possible about this and to find the clear information and clear information and government guidelines about it from health professionals,” Jeffreys said.
‘Right now, being pregnant, if it were offered to me today, I probably wouldn’t have it. But about that I would consult my doctor first. ‘
Jeffreys then admitted that she would also have doubts if she tried to get pregnant.
I would continue to doubt because I think there are mixed messages from the top right now, but I fully understand why there is hesitation among this demographic because, as Dr. Kerryn Phelps says, the facts just aren’t available at this stage, ‘Jeffreys said.
‘It’s a tough one. As Sarrah also said, hopefully the rest of the population is confident enough to help us reach that golden number. ‘
Sylvia Jeffreys (photo weighs in on vaccine debate on Wednesday) says there is not enough information or research about coronavirus injection and pregnancy
Jeffreys was then cut short by her co-host and brother-in-law.
“Perfectly said and completely suspected,” Stefanovic said before turning to Dr. Phelps for her advice to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
“We look at evidence coming in from international studies and we stay on top of all that information that is happening,” she replied.
That’s why we say to people thinking about vaccination, who are hesitant, to talk to your doctor, get the reassurances you need, find the reassurances you need, find the facts from reliable sources.
One of the worst things you can do is go to one of the conspiracy theory Facebook pages and fear getting vaccinated based on misinformation. What we need is for people to rely on facts. Your doctor is the best place to discuss these issues. ‘
A new poll by the Melbourne Institute’s Pulse of the Nation revealed that 35 percent of Australian women between the ages of 25-34 would not receive the vaccine.
Sylvia Jeffreys was involved in the vaccine debate by co-host Karl Stefanovic (center), pictured with panelists Dr Kerryn Phelps (left) and Sarrah Le Marquand (right)
Australian border guard officer Alysha Eyre (photo) was one of the first Australians to roll up their sleeves on Sunday for the coronavirus vaccine
Recommendations for Covid Vaccine for Pregnant Women
The federal government does not routinely recommend the COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy. You and your healthcare provider may want to consider it if the potential benefits of vaccination outweigh the potential risks. You should consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine during your pregnancy if:
• you have medical risk factors for severe COVID-19
• You have a high risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19, or you are very likely to come into contact with people with COVID-19.
You may prefer to wait until after your pregnancy to get vaccinated
• you have no risk factors for severe COVID-19
• you are not at high risk of exposure to COVID-19