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RCOG responds to new PHE data on COVID-19 vaccine update in pregnant women

News 19 August 2021

New figures released today from Public Health England (PHE) show that around 10,000 more pregnant women have had their COVID-19 vaccine in the past month.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has been encouraging pregnant women to come forward for their COVID-19 vaccine, as the best way to protect both themselves and their babies against the effects of COVID-19.

A total of 62,311 pregnant women across England have come forward and received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, up to the 31 July 2021. Of these, 43,737 have received their second dose.

This is an increase of 10,587 pregnant women becoming vaccinated from the figures up to 18 July 2021, where 51,724 pregnant women had received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Pat O’Brien, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist and Vice President at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:

“We want to encourage all pregnant women to come forward for their vaccinations. It is very positive to see that the number of pregnant women who have been vaccinated is rising, but many more remain unvaccinated.

“There is growing evidence that the vaccine is safe in pregnancy, and we want to reassure women that there is no link to an increased risk of harm to the baby, such as miscarriage, premature birth, growth problems, or stillbirth when having the vaccine.

“We are seeing more unvaccinated pregnant women become seriously ill from COVID-19, and an increased number of women admitted to hospital and intensive care. The vaccine will help to protect both the mother and their baby from the potential effects of COVID-19.”

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Notes to the editor

JCVI guidance on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy is here: The safety of COVID-19 vaccines when given in pregnancy - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

The RCOG/RCM decision aid for pregnant women offered a COVID vaccination is available at: https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2021-02-24-combined-info-sheet-and-decision-aid.pdf

The RCOG has developed a range of information on our website for healthcare professionals and pregnant women eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy: www.rcog.org.uk/covid-vaccine