Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Appropriateness for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination for otolaryngologist and head and neck surgeons in case of pregnancy, breastfeeding, or childbearing potential: Yo-IFOS and CEORL-HNS joint clinical consensus statement

Research output: Contribution to journal/Conference contribution in journal/Contribution to newspaperJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Alberto Maria Saibene, University of Milan, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS)
  • ,
  • Fabiana Allevi, University of Milan
  • ,
  • Tareck Ayad, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), University of Montreal
  • ,
  • Tomislav Baudoin, University of Zagreb, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS)
  • ,
  • Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), University of Barcelona
  • ,
  • Giovanni Briganti, Harvard University
  • ,
  • Sean Carrie, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • ,
  • Per Cayé-Thomasen, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), University of Copenhagen
  • ,
  • Sara Dahman Saidi, Private Practice
  • ,
  • Nicolas Dauby, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Institute for Medical Immunology
  • ,
  • John Fenton, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), University of Limerick
  • ,
  • Wojciech Golusiński, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), University of Medical Sciences Poznan
  • ,
  • Ludger Klimek, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Center for Rhinology and Allergology
  • ,
  • Andrée Anne Leclerc, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), University of Montreal
  • ,
  • Yves Longtin, McGill University
  • ,
  • Giuditta Mannelli, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), Azienda Ospedaliera Careggi
  • ,
  • Miguel Mayo-Yáñez, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), Hospital Juan Canalejo, University of Santiago de Compostela
  • ,
  • Cem Meço, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Ankara University, Paracelsus Private Medical University
  • ,
  • Osama Metwaly, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), Cairo University
  • ,
  • François Mouawad, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), Université de Lille
  • ,
  • Kazimierz Niemczyk, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Medical University of Warsaw
  • ,
  • Ulrik Pedersen
  • Krzysztof Piersiala, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), Karolinska Institutet
  • ,
  • Jan Plzak, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Charles University
  • ,
  • Marc Remacle, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Center Hospitalier de Luxembourg
  • ,
  • Nathalie Rommel, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), KU Leuven
  • ,
  • Hesham Saleh, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Imperial College London
  • ,
  • Dawid Szpecht, University of Medical Sciences Poznan
  • ,
  • Miroslav Tedla, Confederation of European Otorhinolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (CEORL-HNS), Comenius University
  • ,
  • Camilla Tincati, University of Milan
  • ,
  • Manuel Tucciarone, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), University Hospital SAS of Jerez
  • ,
  • Karol Zelenik, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), University of Ostrava
  • ,
  • Jerome R. Lechien, Young Otolaryngologists-International Federation of Otorhinolaryngological Societies (Yo-IFOS), Universite Paris-Saclay

Purpose: SARS-CoV-2 vaccines are a key step in fighting the pandemic. Nevertheless, their rapid development did not allow for testing among specific population subgroups such as pregnant and breastfeeding women, or elaborating specific guidelines for healthcare personnel working in high infection risk specialties, such as otolaryngology (ORL). This clinical consensus statement (CCS) aims to offer guidance for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination to this high-risk population based on the best evidence available. Methods: A multidisciplinary international panel of 33 specialists judged statements through a two-round modified Delphi method survey. Statements were designed to encompass the following topics: risk of SARS-Cov-2 infection and use of protective equipment in ORL; SARS-Cov-2 infection and vaccines and respective risks for the mother/child dyad; and counseling for SARS-CoV-2 vaccination in pregnant, breastfeeding, or fertile healthcare workers (PBFHW). All ORL PBFHW were considered as the target audience. Results: Of the 13 statements, 7 reached consensus or strong consensus, 2 reached no consensus, and 2 reached near-consensus. According to the statements with strong consensus otorhinolaryngologists—head and neck surgeons who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or with childbearing potential should have the opportunity to receive SARS-Cov-2 vaccination. Moreover, personal protective equipment (PPE) should still be used even after the vaccination. Conclusion: Until prospective evaluations on these topics are available, ORL-HNS must be considered a high infection risk specialty. While the use of PPE remains pivotal, ORL PBFHW should be allowed access to SARS-CoV-2 vaccination provided they receive up-to-date information.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Archives of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
Volume278
Issue10
Pages (from-to)4091-4099
ISSN0937-4477
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, The Author(s).

    Research areas

  • Breastfeeding, Coronavirus infections, Covid-19, Health planning guidelines, Healthcare workers, Pregnancy, Vaccine

See relations at Aarhus University Citationformats

ID: 222820211