COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

Research Project

An Australian consumer survey on COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy

About this project

Pregnant women have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with pregnant women more than twice as likely to require intensive care admission and invasive ventilation than non-pregnant women of childbearing age, and COVID-19 positive women nearly three times more likely to experience a stillbirth or neonatal death.

Survey and focus groups of pregnant and recently pregnant women in Australia were conducted by APMI Partners in November and December 2021, on behalf of the Immunisation Coalition, the leading voice on whole of life immunisation in Australia. Normally, only a brief survey report is available on the Immunisation Coalition website:

The aim of the research project is to examine the views and experiences of pregnant and recently pregnant women in Australia on COVID-19 vaccinations during pregnancy by conducting an extensive secondary analysis of this survey and focus group  data. This project will identify the key concerns about COVID-19 vaccination across the childbearing population in Australia, the preferred communication strategies and our detailed analysis will enable us to develop targeted immunisation advice for specific groups.

Research team


  • Dr Elizabeth McCarthy, Melbourne University
  • Associate Professor Margie Danchin, Royal Children's Hospital
  • Dr Ginni Mansberg

External collaborators