Calling all mums-to-be – protect your baby and yourself!

Are you pregnant but still putting off that all-important COVID-19 vaccination?

Looking after your baby is top priority for every mum-to-be. So, it’s vital that you don’t miss out on this part of pre-natal preparation.

Rose Manley is one of over 52,000 pregnant women in the UK who have now had both jabs. Not a single woman, who has been double vaccinated, has subsequently been admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

“I thought it was very important to be vaccinated during pregnancy,” said Rose, who had her second Moderna jab at 27 weeks.

“I did a lot of research about it. I knew that there was a big body of evidence that had been done in the US and the UK about the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. This showed there were no side effects for me or the baby.”

Rose was also determined to ensure that she was fully vaccinated because research has shown that pregnant women, who contract COVID-19 later on in their pregnancy, are at an increased risk of stillbirth or miscarriage.

“I haven’t had any side effects,” she said. “I would encourage all pregnant women to get the jab. It is important for the health of your baby, for your health and for the health of those around you.”

If you feel apprehensive about getting a vaccine when you are pregnant, you can always have a chat with your midwife. Or pop along to one of our vaccination centres where you can talk to the matron.

Nurse consultant Fiona White, who has reassured dozens of pregnant women about the COVID-19 jab, said: “Our walk-in vaccination centres provide a friendly and supportive environment where you can talk through any concerns you have. We will give you plenty of time to make your choice.

“It is completely understandable that some women may have questions and concerns about taking the vaccine, but I would encourage any mum-to-be to come forward. The vaccines save lives, and we are confident that they can be safely offered to pregnant women.

“Pop in and see us soon!”