COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy - Live Q&A
NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is setting up a live Question and Answer session to provide information and reassurance to pregnant women/ pregnant people about the COVID-19 vaccination. The CCG is encouraging pregnant women to have the vaccination after national figures showed a rise in the number being admitted to hospital with COVID-19. However, clinicians are aware that some pregnant women are anxious about the impact of the vaccination on their unborn child.
This move comes after data collated by the UK Obstetric Surveillance System showed that most pregnant women who were hospitalised with the virus (98%) between May and the end of July had not had a jab. During the same period, no pregnant women who have had both doses of the vaccine were admitted to hospital, while only three were admitted after having their first vaccine.
The event is happening via Teams live on Thursday 9 September 6 – 7pm. To join the meeting you can click here.
Evidence shows that pregnant women are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COVID-19, with around one in ten who are admitted to hospital with symptoms needing intensive care and one in five giving birth prematurely. In the last three months, one in three pregnant women in hospital with COVID-19 in England required additional respiratory support (33%), with more than a third developing pneumonia (37%), and around one in seven needing intensive care (15%).
Nicola Lovett, the CCG’s Lead Midwife, said: “National figures show a continued rise in the number unvaccinated pregnant women who are being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, many of which go onto experience complications. That is why we are encouraging all pregnant women who haven’t yet had the jab to arrange an appointment today to protect themselves and their baby. If we can offer any reassurance and information via a live chat, then I would urge anyone who is pregnant to take part.
“Evidence shows that pregnant women are more at risk of getting seriously unwell with the virus, particularly if they have underlying health conditions or are in the later stages of pregnancy. Having the vaccine is the best way to keep themselves safe, and to reduce the risk of potential complications.
“We understand that some women may have questions or be unsure about having the vaccine and would urge them to take part in the live chat so that they can get advice and make a decision that’s right for them.”
The expert panel on 9 September features:
- Tracy Williams, Clinical Governing Body Member & Clinical Lead for: Prevention & Addressing Inequalities, Children Young People & Maternity Norfolk and Waveney CCG and an active vaccinator.
- Nicola Lovett, Local Maternity and Neonatal System (LMNS) Lead Midwife
- Dr Sarah Flindall, Lead GP for the LMNS
- Suzanne Meredith, Deputy Director of Public Health (Public Health Services)
There will also be an opportunity to ask questions live. The event is anonymous – participants cannot be seen and do not have to provide a name. The event is being recorded and will be made available afterwards on the CCG’s YouTube channel. It is also being audio translated into Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese and will also be available via YouTube. Join by using this link: https://bit.ly/3jajthl
For further information or enquiries please:
Phone: 07867 136669