Responding to the announcement from the UKSHA showing the latest data on the Covid 19 vaccine and pregnancy, Dr Latifa Patel. BMA interim representative body chair, said:
“We welcome this new data because it helps to both reassure people and also to reinforce the message that women can feel confident that the Covid vaccine will protect them and their baby from the virus, and vitally, stop them becoming seriously ill and needing hospital care.
“98% of pregnant women who go into hospital with Covid have not been vaccinated. This shows very clearly how important it is to be protected against the virus. Pregnant women must be able to have a conversation with a healthcare professional they trust about the risks of not having the vaccine. Women must be allowed to raise their concerns and talk personally about their own situation, and know that their healthcare professional will give them the time that they need. We also call on the Government and UKHSA to ensure that all communication about vaccination in pregnancy is clear, targeted, open and accessible so that women can feel confident in their decision-making.”
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