2021-10-11 20:24:19 Study: 20% of England’s Critical Covid Patients Are Unvaccinated and Pregnant

Study: 20% of England’s Critical Covid Patients Are Unvaccinated and Pregnant

According to data released by the National Health Service on Monday, unvaccinated pregnant women account for nearly 20% of the most critically ill Covid-19 patients in England.

Since July, approximately one in every five coronavirus patients who received intensive lung-bypass therapy, also known as Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), was unvaccinated and pregnant.

“The disproportionate number of unvaccinated pregnant women in intensive care shows that there is a significant risk of severe illness from Covid-19 in pregnancy,” said Dr. Edward Morris, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, in a statement on the National Health Service website.

The National Health Service is now pleading with pregnant women to get vaccinated as soon as possible, citing mounting safety data that refutes unfounded fears that the vaccine poses serious health risks.

According to the National Health Service, “over 100,000 Covid vaccinations in England and Scotland, and a further 160,000 in the United States, show no subsequent harm to the fetus or infant.”

The chief midwifery officer for England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, called the announcement “another stark reminder that the Covid-19 jab can keep you, your baby, and your loved ones safe and out of hospital.”

The vaccine was made available in December of last year to pregnant women who were at high risk of serious Covid-19 complications. However, other pregnant women were advised to avoid the vaccine while data on its side effects was gathered.

British health regulators finally advised pregnant women to get the vaccine in April, citing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that showed approximately 90,000 pregnant vaccinated women in the United States had no emerging health issues. According to Public Health England, over 81,000 pregnant women have now received their first dose of the vaccine.

“But there is still work to be done,” Sajid Javid, Britain’s health secretary, said in a statement Monday, adding that the Covid vaccine is generally considered safe for pregnant women. The Royal College of Obstetricians, the Royal College of Midwives, and the United Kingdom Tetralogy Service now recommend it.

According to safety data released by the C.D.C. in August, Covid-19 poses a significantly higher risk to pregnant women and outweighs the risks of women getting vaccinated. The C.D.C. reported last month that vaccination rates among pregnant people in the United States are far lower than the rest of the population, with only 31% of pregnant women having received both shots before or during pregnancy as of Sept. 18.

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Study: 20% of England's Critical Covid Patients Are Unvaccinated and Pregnant