Pregnant women urged to get their Covid-19 vaccine

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The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is calling on all pregnant women to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

There is growing evidence showing that women who are pregnant are at increased risk of serious consequences from Covid-19 and, as a result, they should be considered a clinical risk group within the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

Given the majority of pregnant women who have been admitted to hospital with severe Covid-19 are unvaccinated, the key priority is to increase the number of pregnant women completing their primary course (two vaccine doses eight weeks apart).

Recent data published by the UK Health Security Agency adds to the existing international evidence, which has not identified any safety concerns from vaccinating women during pregnancy. Additional efforts focused on improving vaccine uptake amongst pregnant women will require a coordinated response from professional groups, including midwifery, charities and support from local community leaders.

Pregnant women who have completed their primary vaccine course should book their Covid-19 booster if they had their second vaccine dose at least three months earlier.

Dr Alice Bird, a Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, said: “The Covid-19 vaccine is safe to have and is effective at any stage of pregnancy. It is also safe for women undergoing fertility treatment or those planning a pregnancy soon.

“We understand the concerns about having the vaccine in pregnancy, but we want to reassure women there is no evidence of a link between the vaccine and an increased risk of infertility or pregnancy complications.

“We are seeing more and more pregnant women in Liverpool becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 and we have witnessed the impact this has had on them and their families. They have all been unvaccinated.

“It is crucial women who are pregnant are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and we would urge all pregnant women to have their vaccination as soon as possible.”

As well as being able to book a dedicated appointment slot for Covid-19 and flu vaccinations at Liverpool Women’s Hospital now, pregnant women can also book to get a Covid-19-vaccine or booster dose online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119.

In addition, you can also search for nearby vaccination drop-in clinics via the national NHS booking system.

For more details about how pregnant women can get vaccinated through Liverpool Women’s Hospital or via the national vaccination service, visit: www.liverpoolwomens.nhs.uk/covid19

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