| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

Pregnant women urged to receive vaccine as majority uninoculated

England’s chief midwife has reiterated her call for pregnant women to get the Covid-19 dose as soon as possible.

GP records and Public Health England data suggest hundreds of thousands have not had the jab, as the number of mums-to-be in hospital with the virus soars.

Other data suggests the Delta variant increases the chance of severe disease.

In the last three months, 171 pregnant women with Covid needed hospital care – but none had had both jabs.

In a letter to midwives, obstetricians and GP practices, chief midwife for England Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent says all healthcare professionals have “a responsibility to proactively encourage pregnant women” to get vaccinated.

She recommends advice on jabs be offered at every opportunity.

“Vaccines save lives, and this is another stark reminder that the Covid-19 jab can keep you, your baby and your loved ones, safe and out of hospital,” the chief midwife told pregnant women.

Since mid-April 2021, mothers-to-be have been offered the Pfizer or Moderna coronavirus jab, with the second dose recommended eight weeks after the first.