I've been turned away from my vaccine slot because I am trying to conceive and they wouldn't vaccinate me as I am 40+ and the recommended vaccine for my age group is AstraZeneca, which is not recommended in pregnancy. This was marked down as *me* refusing consent.
I was also given a significantly out of date leaflet at my vaccine, which stated that pregnant women should not be vaccinated.
The vaccinators and Covid helpline cannot refer me to a Pfizer/Moderna clinic as they apparently don't have the ability to do so, but if I were under 40, I could of course be sent only for one of these vaccines.
I feel like being 40+ a massive assumption has been made about me, and also that there is no consideration for women's peace of mind throughout the vaccination process.
Infuriatingly, I see today that over half of appointments were not attended at the Hydro this weekend. I could easily have attended and got a Pfizer vaccine there.
I am left in limbo - until I *am* pregnant I cannot be referred for a Pfizer vaccine.
I am not refusing a vaccine, I want it. But there is no guidance out there for women in my position. I cannot be alone in this.