Today show host Sylvia Jeffreys says she won’t get the coronavirus jab while pregnant

Today Show host Sylvia Jeffreys says she would refuse to get the Covid vaccine if she was offered it – prompting Karl Stefanovic to chime in

Sylvia Jeffreys has sparked controversy on live television by admitting she would unlikely get the coronavirus jab while pregnant.

The country’s largest-ever vaccine rollout is underway with 60,000 Australians expected to roll up their sleeves for their first dose this week.

Questions remain whether the vaccine is safe for pregnant women amid advice it isn’t ‘routinely recommended’ by the federal health department.

Sceptism about the vaccine was a hot discussion topic when well-known GP Dr Kerryn Phelps and journalist Sarrah Le Marquand appeared on the Today Show on Wednesday.

Jeffreys, who’s seven months pregnant with her second son due in April was drawn into the debate by co-host Karl Stefanovic, who asked if she had concerns about the vaccine.

‘I’ve been trying my very best to find as many facts on this and to find the clear information and to find the clear information and government guidelines on this from health professionals,’ Jeffreys said.

‘At this point, being pregnant, if it were offered to me today, I probably wouldn’t have it. But I would, first of all, consult my GP on that.’

Jeffreys then admitted she would also have second thoughts if she was trying to get pregnant.

‘I would be hanging in doubt because I think there have been mixed messages from the top around this at the moment but I completely understand why there is hesitancy among this demographic because, as Dr Kerryn Phelps says, there just isn’t the facts available at this stage,’ she said.

‘It’s a difficult one. As Sarrah said as well, hopefully the rest of the population is confident enough to help us to achieve that golden number.’

Jeffreys was then cut short by her co-host.

‘Perfectly said and perfectly surmised,’ Stefanovic said before turning to Dr Phelps for her opinion.

More to come.

Covid vaccine recommendations for pregnant women

The federal government does not routinely recommend COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy. You and your health professional can consider it if the potential benefits of vaccination outweigh any potential risks. You should consider having a COVID-19 vaccine during your pregnancy if:

• you have medical risk factors for severe COVID-19

• you are at high risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 or very likely to be in contact with people with COVID-19.

You may prefer to wait until after your pregnancy to be vaccinated if:

• you have no risk factors for severe COVID-19

• you are not at high risk of exposure to COVID-19


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