If you are pregnant the COVID-19 vaccination is the best way of protecting yourself and your baby against the virus, and there is still opportunity to get both doses if you haven’t already done so.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives have both recommended vaccination as one of the best defences for pregnant women against severe COVID-19 infection, while the independent JCVI  confirms the jab has been shown to be effective and safe for pregnant women.

Local GP and clinical lead for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Dorset Dr Andy Rutland said “As a practising GP I would encourage all mums-to-be to get their jab. Vaccination has been shown to be safe and effective in pregnancy or when planning pregnancy.   We are seeing unvaccinated pregnant women becoming very poorly with COVID and being admitted to hospital across the country.

“We have delivered over a million dose of vaccine across Dorset, and we are confident that we can prevent serious illness and complications by ensuring all pregnant women are vaccinated.

“Please book your jab as soon as you can.”

Any pregnant women who have questions or concerns about the vaccine can speak to their GP, midwife or obstetrician to get more information and advice.

Even if they have previously declined the vaccine, they can book an appointment to get their jab on the NHS National Booking Service website or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.

Where can I find out more?

NHS advice on vaccine / pregnancy: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/pregnancy-breastfeeding-fertility-and-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination/

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists information sheet https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/2021-02-24-combined-info-sheet-and-decision-aid.pdf

Public Health England resources on vaccine / pregnancy https://coronavirusresources.phe.gov.uk/covid-19-vaccine/resources/explainer-videos-NK/