The head of midwives in England asked her colleagues to encourage pregnant women, who are poorly vaccinated, to receive the vaccine, after a study at the University of Oxford showed the worsening of symptoms in the face of the Delta variant.
“The covid-19 vaccine can keep you, your baby and your loved ones safe and out of the hospital,” said Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, as the proportion of pregnant women vaccinated is very low.
In an open letter sent this Friday to her sisters and the women concerned, “he called on pregnant women to take measures to protect themselves and their babies”, stressing that “the vaccine saves lives”.
The appeal comes after a “disturbing” Oxford University study last week showed that 99% of pregnant women admitted to hospital with the virus were not vaccinated and one in 10 hospitalized women requires intensive care.
“It is very good news that so few vaccinated pregnant women have been admitted to hospital with covid-19,” said study leader Professor Marian Knight, who also found it “very disturbing to note that hospital admissions of pregnant women due to covid-19 are increasing and appear to be more severely affected by the “Delta” variant of the disease-causing virus.
According to Marian Knight, 200 pregnant women were admitted to the hospital with the new coronavirus in the last week alone.
In total, since the beginning of the pandemic and until 11 July, 3,371 pregnant women were admitted to the hospital with symptoms of the disease. The severity of her condition was accentuated with the Delta variant, the study details, which has not yet been peer-reviewed.
Since mid-April, pregnant women can receive the Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna vaccine at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG), as well as at the Royal College of Midwives, which advises them to do so. it as quickly as possible.
According to data from the British Health Service, published on July 22, around 51,700 pregnant women received the first dose of the vaccine and 20,600 the second. A far cry from the 606,500 pregnant women identified in England in 2020 and 2021 by the attending physician, says the BBC.