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Pregnant women a priority risk group for Covid-19 vaccination: expert comment

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has announced that pregnant women should be regarded as a clinical risk group and prioritised for vaccination against Covid-19. Dr Sarah Hillman of Warwick Medical School comments on why it's so important that pregnant women get vaccinated:

Dr Sarah Hillman NIHR Clinical lecturer of Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick said: “The news that the JCVI have said that pregnant women should be regarded as a risk group and prioritised for COVID-19 vaccination is very welcome. We know that pregnant women have a higher chance of hospitalisation and critical care admission, with 16 in 100 pregnant women hospitalised by symptomatic Covid being admitted to critical care, 97% of which are unvaccinated. The COVID-19 virus also doubles the rate of premature delivery and stillbirth. With safety data from over 270,000 pregnant women available we know that vaccination is safe. It’s time to get pregnant women to the front of the queue.”

16 December 2021

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