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.
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.