Pregnant women are advised to acquire the Covid vaccination | Must Read!
According to the UK Obstetric Surveillance System, between May and October last year, more than 96 percent of pregnant women treated to hospital with Covid symptoms were unvaccinated.
The campaign will use radio and social media to convey the experiences of pregnant women who have received the vaccine.
The vaccination was declared safe and had no effect on fertility, according to the authorities.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation added pregnant women to the vaccine’s priority list in December, citing a higher risk of Covid infection.
According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), one out of every five pregnant women admitted to hospital with the virus required to be delivered prematurely to facilitate their recovery, and one out of every five newborns needed neonatal care.
The Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination has been available to expectant moms from April 2021.
Since then, the agency estimates that 84,000 pregnant women have gotten one dose of the Covid-19 vaccination and over 80,000 have received two doses.
If pregnant women were in a high-risk category or were at high risk of exposure, immunizations should be administered to them from the start of the UK vaccine program.
Prof Lucy Chappell, the DHSC’s senior scientific adviser, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that one-third of unvaccinated pregnant women with Covid-19 required breathing assistance, and one in six were referred to critical care.
“In the most recent wave, we’ve had stillbirths and infant fatalities,” she added.
According to Prof. Chappell, the vaccination allows pregnant women to create anti-viral antibodies, which then pass on to their newborns and protect them as well.
Dr. Jen Jardine, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, who is seven months pregnant and has had her booster jab, said: “As a doctor and a pregnant mother myself, I am sure that the Covid-19 immunizations give the greatest possible protection for you and your unborn child against this virus.”
“I would highly urge any pregnant ladies, like myself, who haven’t got the vaccination yet, to either talk to your GP or midwife if you have any questions and then make an appointment as soon as possible.”
On Sunday, the UK reported 141,472 new cases, as well as 97 fatalities within 28 days following a positive test – however, the number of deaths reported on weekends is often lower due to reporting delays.
Over the past seven days, the overall number of cases has increased by 6.6 percent, while the number of deaths has increased by 30.9 percent.
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Chris Hopson, CEO of NHS Providers, which represents health trusts, expressed confidence that the front lines of the health service “will hold.”
Outside of London, he said, NHS services will be pushed “perilously thin,” adding, “We shouldn’t underestimate the degree of strain that many trusts are feeling.”
Meanwhile, starting Monday, daily testing of 100,000 vital personnel in areas like food processing, transportation, and border patrol will begin.
Minister Nadhim Zahawi disputed allegations that the government was preparing to discontinue providing free lateral flow tests on Sunday, claiming that 425 million had been ordered in January.
He also told the BBC that reducing the five-day self-isolation period for persons who test positive will “definitely assist” with staff absenteeism.