Nearly a fifth of the most seriously ill coronavirus patients in the England Health officials said pregnant women had not been vaccinated in recent months, as they urged expectant mothers to take their jabs.
NHS England said that, between July 1 and September 30, 17% of Covid patients who received treatment through a special lung-bypass machine were mothers who had not received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The organization said the data also shows that 32% of all pregnant women ages 16 to 49 are in intensive care on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) – which is used when a patient The lungs of people are so damaged by covid that a ventilator cannot maintain the level of oxygen.
After what happened, I can honestly say that the risk of not having a COVID vaccine is greater than any doubts about its existence.
NHS England said the figure had risen from 6% at the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
England’s chief midwife, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, said the data is “another stark reminder that the COVID-19 jab can keep you, your baby and your loved ones safe and out of hospital”.
But the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) said the figures are “a damning indictment of the lack of attention to this vulnerable group as restrictions are eased”.
NHS England said figures of more than 100,000 Covid vaccinations in pregnancy in England and Scotland and over 160,000 in the US show no subsequent harm to the fetus or infant.
To-be mother Claire Bromley spent nearly a month in the hospital with the coronavirus and said she feels at risk “more than any doubts” about getting vaccinated.
The 33-year-old, who had not been vaccinated, was admitted to her local hospital in Kent with difficulty breathing just days after testing positive for the virus, and then while in a medically induced coma. Was put on ventilator.
When her condition worsened, doctors thought she might need an emergency C-section at just 26 weeks into her pregnancy and was transferred to another hospital in London.
But her condition improved and she was allowed home in early August, about a month after she was first admitted, and is now recovering with her husband and their unborn child, who is doing well.
She said: “I totally understand the hesitation in not getting vaccinated when you’re having a baby inside you, and after experiencing two miscarriages before the pandemic, again with the worry of COVID The fear of getting pregnant was sending my anxiety through the roof.
“But, after what happened, I can honestly say that the risk of not having a COVID vaccine far outweighs any doubts about it being there.”
There is strong evidence that this vaccine is the most effective way to protect both mother and child from the possibility of serious illness from COVID-19.
Dr Edward Morris, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said medics understand women’s concerns but want reassurance that the vaccine is safe.
He said the “disproportionate” number of non-vaccinated pregnant women in intensive care suggests there is a “significant risk of serious illness from COVID-19 in pregnancy”.
He said: “We are urgently calling on all pregnant women to come forward for their vaccinations.
“There is strong evidence that the vaccine is the most effective way to protect both mother and child against the potential for serious illness from COVID-19.
“The disproportionate number of unvaccinated pregnant women in intensive care indicates that there is a significant risk of serious illness from COVID-19 in pregnancy.
“We understand women’s concerns about being vaccinated in pregnancy, and we want to reassure women that there is no association between having the vaccine and an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth.”
Public Health England NHS England said data shows more than 81,000 pregnant women have received their first dose of a COVID vaccine, and around 65,000 have received their second dose.
Addressing expectant mothers, Ms Dunkley-Bent said: “You can get vaccinated at any time in pregnancy, but unprotected pregnant women risk becoming seriously unwell if they catch COVID-19. That shows exactly why we recommend you do so. as soon as possible.”
Sarah McMullen, Director of Impact and Engagement National Capital Region said: “We are extremely disappointed to hear of so much misinformation and confusion about the vaccination schedule and so little attention has been paid to what is needed to keep vulnerable groups safe as restrictions are eased. .
“We strongly encourage pregnant women to consider COVID-19 vaccination and have information on our website to help them make decisions.”
health secretary Sajid Javido Adding her voice to calls encouraging pregnant women to jab, she said the latest figures at the hospital are “extremely sad” and that vaccines will provide “significant protection”.