A Conservative MP has been criticised after repeating a debunked claim that mRNA vaccines are not recommended for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding.
Tory MP Andrew Bridgen made the unsubstantiated claim while criticising the health regulator’s decision to authorise a COVID-19 vaccine for children aged six months to four years old.
The NHS, The Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and The British Fertility Society all support pregnant women getting COVID-19 vaccines and say they are “strongly recommended in pregnancy”.
During Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday, Bridgen made a series of misleading arguments about coronavirus jabs, including questioning their safety.
Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said: “Given that mRNA vaccines are not recommended for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding, would my right honourable friend overturn the big pharma-funded MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency)’s recent recommendation that these experimental vaccines are administered to children as young as six months of age?”
Fact-checking organisation Full Fact has previously debunked the claim vaccines are not recommended for pregnant women and pointed to statements made by several health bodies.
The NHS said: “It’s strongly recommended that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect you and your baby”.