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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 93842, tabled on 15 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure unvaccinated pregnant women are aware of the risks of covid-19.

Answered on

5 January 2022

On 4 December, the Government released a video which features unvaccinated mothers who suffered COVID-19 during their pregnancies urging pregnant women to get the vaccine. The video can be found at the following link:

On 16 December, the Government, together with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), called all pregnant women to receive the vaccine as soon as possible in a press release, which can be found at the following link:

Both of these recent appeals to unvaccinated pregnant women point out that COVID-19 can cause severe illness in pregnant women and currently there are a disproportionate number of unvaccinated pregnant women in intensive care.

On 16 December, the JCVI made pregnant women a priority group for vaccination, following research showing they are vulnerable to more serious illness and pregnancy complications if they are infected with COVID-19.

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