Pregnant women are being urged to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after it was shown that that they have a higher risk of intensive care admission than women of the same age who are not pregnant.
Although the overall risk from COVID-19 disease in pregnant women and their new babies is low, in later pregnancy some women may become seriously unwell and need hospital treatment.
The COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK are safe and effective for pregnant women. Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the preferred vaccines for pregnant women of any age who are having their first dose.
Anyone who has already started vaccination and is offered a second dose whilst pregnant, should have a second dose with the same vaccine unless they had a serious side effect after the first dose.
Women are also advised to that vaccine has no impact on fertility and women can still get vaccinated while breastfeeding.
Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The vaccine offers you the best protection from the virus. The number of pregnant women getting vaccinated is low and this is, in part, due to the large amount of misinformation available.
“Unfortunately, this is putting many pregnant women at risk of getting seriously ill during the later stages of their pregnancy.
“The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in pregnant women by The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and it is perfectly safe for women to get vaccinated before, during or after giving birth.”
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