NHS England has written to GPs urging them to promote the benefits of COVID vaccination in pregnancy for them and their babies.
Since 16 April, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that pregnant women should be offered the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines alongside the general population. This advice is endorsed by the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
The letter states that COVID-19 infection in pregnancy carries a significant risk of hospital admission and a higher risk of severe illness than for the non-pregnant population – especially so in the third trimester – and a higher risk of preterm birth.
Research published on 25 July suggests that the Delta variant is associated with an increased risk of severe illness among hospitalised pregnant women.
This follows a report issued by Public Health Scotland, which found that pregnancy is an obstacle to COVID vaccination take-up among care home staff.
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