The government has launched a new campaign over social media and radio today (January 10) to encourage pregnant women to take their first, second and third dose of Covid-19 vaccine.
Joined by experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the campaign highlights the risks of the infection and benefits of vaccination.
According to the latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Covid-19 vaccinations are safe for pregnant women.
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) chief scientific adviser professor Lucy Chappell, said: “We have extensive evidence now to show that the vaccines are safe and that the risks posed by Covid-19 are far greater,” calling upon pregnant women who have yet to have their jabs.
The campaign will also run testimonies of pregnant women who have had their jabs.
Data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System shows 96.3 per cent of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid-19 symptoms during May – October 2021 were unvaccinated.
Since April 2021, around 84,000 pregnant women have received one dose and over 80,000 have received two doses of the vaccine.