Pregnant and breastfeeding women in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) are urged to get the COVID-19 vaccine free of charge to protect them and their babies.

COVID-19 infection during pregnancy carries a significant risk of hospitalization and a higher risk of serious illness than for the non-pregnant population and a higher risk of preterm birth.

The Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) now recommend vaccination as one of the best defenses against serious infections.

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It is extremely easy for pregnant women who have not yet been vaccinated to be vaccinated; they can book online or come to one of the many walk-in clinics. Details of these clinics are listed on the BLMK website.

Jayne Pigott, BLMK’s public health midwife, said: “Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your baby from COVID-19. It’s that simple.

“We are seeing pregnant women with the virus who have not been injected being admitted to hospitals and so we are really encouraging more women to get vaccinated to prevent this.

“We want to reassure pregnant women that COVID-19 vaccines are the safest and best way to protect you and your baby against serious illness and premature birth.

“Please take the opportunity to book now or visit a drop-in center where you do not need an appointment.

“You can get the vaccine at any stage of your pregnancy and you shouldn’t worry about the vaccine giving you COVID because it doesn’t contain any live virus.

“If you have any questions, talk to your midwife, talk to your obstetrician, talk to your GP. Get the information you need to help you make your own decision and get vaccinated.

“Ideally, we would like you to have both doses before giving birth, so timing is key.”

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) has updated its vaccine and pregnancy guidelines.

On her website, women can find questions and answers and links to more information to help them make informed decisions about immunization during pregnancy.

Vaccination clinics at major vaccination centers and pharmacies are available for walk-in appointments in Luton, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes, and can be found on the BLMK website.

Remember, you don’t need an appointment or an NHS number, just show up at the times advertised on the website.

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Source: www.bedfordtoday.co.uk
This notice was published: 2021-08-31 14:30:31