Vaccines for pregnant women: What vaccines are recommended for pregnant women?
The Covid vaccine is available on the NHS for pregnant women. So, which immunizations are advised for expectant mothers?
Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Moderna, and Janssen all have coronavirus vaccines authorized for use in the UK. Pregnant women can get some immunizations, and England’s chief midwife has urged them to get them because many are unvaccinated.
Last Monday, Public Health England released data showing that 51,724 pregnant women in England received at least one vaccine dosage.
Twenty-six thousand pregnant women have received their second vaccine dosage, while thousands more remain unvaccinated.
Chief midwife for England Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent wrote to midwives, obstetricians, and GP practices, saying that all healthcare workers had a “responsibility to aggressively encourage pregnant women” to receive the vaccine.
According to a recent Oxford University study, more than 99 percent of pregnant women admitted to hospital with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
Researchers at the institution called their findings “concerning,” noting that one out of every ten pregnant women admitted to the hospital with coronavirus symptoms often requires critical care.
“It is incredibly wonderful news that so few vaccinated pregnant women have been admitted to hospital with COVID-19,” said Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child population health at the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford and the study’s principal investigator.
“However, the rising number of pregnant women admitted to hospitals with COVID-19, as well as the fact that pregnant women appear to be more seriously afflicted by the Delta variety of the disease, is highly worrying.
“Last week, around 200 pregnant women were admitted to hospitals with COVID-19.
“I cannot emphasize enough how critical it is for pregnant women to get vaccinated in order to protect both themselves and their unborn child.”
Pregnant women may be reassured about the vaccine’s safety, according to Professor Knight, who spoke to Radio 4’s Today Programme.
“And we need to emphasize the benefits, not just to them, but also to their babies,” she said. “It’s incredibly important not only to prevent disease in you as a pregnant woman, but also to prevent the implications of illness for your baby.”
A Covid vaccine is available to women over the age of 18 who are pregnant or suspect they may be pregnant.
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