England’s chief medical officer has urged all ladies who’re pregnant, or wishing to grow to be pregnant, to get a COVID vaccine as he admitted there was a “main concern” about these not getting jabbed.
Talking at a Downing Road information convention, Professor Chris Whitty introduced “stark” knowledge on the variety of pregnant ladies ending up in hospital with coronavirus.
He described these as “preventable admissions” and highlighted how there had been deaths of unvaccinated pregnant ladies from coronavirus.
Prof Whitty stated the “common view” amongst specialists was that the advantages of COVID jabs “outweigh the dangers in each space”.
“I might identical to to offer you some pretty stark information about this as a result of it is a main concern,” Prof Whitty stated of pregnant ladies or these wishing to get pregnant.
“Primarily based on tutorial knowledge from 1 February by to 30 September… 1,714 pregnant ladies have been admitted to hospital with COVID.
“Of these, 1,681, which is to say 98%, had not been vaccinated. And in the event you go to those that are very severely ailing in intensive care, of 235 ladies admitted to ICU (intensive care items), 232 of them – over 98% – had not been vaccinated.
“These are preventable admissions to ICU and there have been deaths. All of the medical opinion is absolutely clear that the advantages of vaccination far outweigh the dangers in each space.
“This can be a common view amongst medical doctors and among the many midwife advisory teams and among the many scientific advisory teams.
“So can I please encourage all ladies who’re pregnant or wishing to grow to be pregnant to get their vaccination.”
Prof Whitty additionally urged a better uptake of flu vaccines this winter, with flu “additionally very harmful for ladies who’re pregnant”.
Earlier this month, the husband of a girl who died of COVID-19 with out having the possibility to satisfy her new child child pleaded with people to get a COVID vaccine.
Majid Ghafur instructed Sky Information: “I will cross this message to the entire world, I simply beg all individuals to get the vaccine.”
He added his spouse, Saiqa Parveen, 37, had “deliberate so many issues” and that “this illness did not give her an opportunity”.
Saiqa died after spending 5 weeks in intensive care. She contracted COVID-19 when she was eight months pregnant along with her fifth youngster.
Her husband stated she had been provided a vaccine however had determined to attend to have it till after her child was born.
In a letter to midwives, obstetricians and GP practices in July, the chief midwife for England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, stated all healthcare professionals had “a accountability to proactively encourage pregnant ladies” to get vaccinated.