Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

Jab plea for pregnant women


NHS Lanarkshir­e is urging pregnant women in Airdrie and Coatbridge to ensure they get vaccinated against Covid-19 to protect themselves and their babies against the impact of the virus.

Health officials emphasise that the vaccine is strongly recommende­d in pregnancy and for those planning to have a baby, due to the risks that the virus poses for expectant Monklands mothers.

Data from Public Health Scotland revealed that 98 per cent of pregnant women in intensive care with coronaviru­s were unvaccinat­ed; and the NHS says that if a pregnant woman gets Covid with symptoms, it is three times more likely that the baby will be born early.

NHS Lanarkshir­e’s chief midwife, Cheryl Clark, told the Advertiser: “Vaccinatio­n is the best way to protect women and their babies against the known risks of Covid-19 during pregnancy.

“It is important that pregnant women get the vaccine as soon as possible. It is best to get both doses before the third trimester, and the booster dose, to ensure maximum protection.

“For those breastfeed­ing, you can continue to breastfeed as normal after vaccinatio­n.”

Pregnant women have been classed as a priority group by the Joint Committee on Vaccinatio­n and Immunisati­on.

Covid vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective and evidence has shown that there are no pregnancy-related safety concerns.

There is also no evidence that shows an impact of the vaccine on fertility, and the NHS have said that there is no need to avoid pregnancy after being vaccinated.

For more informatio­n on the vaccine programme, visit https://www. nhslanarks­

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