The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have expressed their disappointment that the Government has not prioritised pregnant women for the COVID booster vaccine. This comes after the Government announced that the booster will now be offered to everyone over the age of 18 in England.
The concern stems as studies show that 98% of pregnant women who are admitted to hospital are unvaccinated, along with higher rates of admission to intensive care.
Increased Risk of COVID in Pregnancy
Current evidence from the UK suggests that although pregnant women are no more likely to contract COVID than other healthy adults in the population, there is an increased risk of them becoming severely unwell.
Data shows that although not all pregnant women with COVID develop symptoms, those that do develop severe symptoms are more likely to experience pregnancy-related complications, particularly during the third trimester.
A recent study revealed that pregnant women who tested positive for COVID at the time of birth were more likely to develop pre-eclampsia, require an emergency caesarean, along with the risk of stillbirth increasing by twofold.
Pregnant Women Prioritised for Vaccine
Vaccination against COVID is recommended in pregnancy and is considered to be the safest way to protect women and their babies. The NHS and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) are campaigning for pregnant women to be prioritised in the vaccination and booster programme.
Key Advice for Pregnant Women
- Receiving two doses of the vaccine along with a booster is the safest and most effective way of protecting from COVID.
- Pregnant women may choose to limit close contact with those not in their support bubble in order to reduce the level of virus transmission. This is particularly important during the third trimester.
- Keeping hydrated, mobile and active with a balanced diet including folic acid and vitamin D supplementation can help to support a healthy pregnancy. It is however vitally important that you discuss supplementation with a health professional before adding to your routine.
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