New campaign highlighting the importance of vaccination

The Government and NHS have produced a new campaign for pregnant women to give confidence on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccination.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the NHS have this week released new social media animations highlighting that pregnant women are at higher risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19.

They stress the importance of not waiting until your baby arrives to get vaccinated or boosted. You can find more information from the NHS website about vaccination against coronavirus here.

The message from the DHSC and the NHS is: “Getting vaccinated is one of the most important things you can do as a pregnant woman to keep yourself and your baby safe from COVID-19.

“Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to this virus, with nearly all those admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms being unvaccinated.

“And now in the face of rising cases of Omicron, the virus is circulating even faster around society, making the risks of infection even greater.

“Extensive evidence shows that the vaccines are the best form of protection for expectant mothers and their babies and mothers are encouraged to come forward without delay for their COVID-19 vaccines.

“Whether it’s your first, second or booster jab – if you haven’t had your latest COVID-19 vaccine, pregnant women urged to speak to their clinician or midwife with questions or concerns, and book as soon as possible.”

If you’re wondering whether to get the Covid-19 vaccination, we’re here to help you make an informed decision. We have articles on our website on the Covid-19 vaccination if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

The animations also highlight the importance of the the flu vaccination, which is free for pregnant women, as well as the Covid-19 vaccination or booster.

See the campaign

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