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Mums-to-be increasing­ly booking up for injection

- By Hanna Geissler

MORE than 62,300 women who said they were or could be pregnant had their first Covid vaccine in England by the end of July, health chiefs said.

Numbers were up by a fifth from July 18, when 51,700 had been jabbed, acccording to Public Health England (PHE).

The latest figures come days after the Prime Minister’s wife, who is expecting the couple’s second child, encouraged mums-to-be to get vaccinated.

In an Instagram post last week, Carrie Johnson, 33, wrote: “Just had my second jab and feeling great!

“I know there are lots of pregnant women who are anxious about getting their Covid vaccine but the evidence is incredibly reassuring.”

The end-of-month figures included 43,700 who had received their second vaccine dose – maximising protection against the virus.

PHE head of immunisati­ons Dr Mary Ramsay said: “It is encouragin­g that thousands of women have now benefited from the vital protection of a Covid-19 vaccine.

“However, many more may remain unvaccinat­ed and we urge them to take up the offer.

“The vaccines are safe for both you and your unborn baby and they are the best way to protect against Covid-19 related complicati­ons in pregnancy which can be serious, especially in your third trimester.”

Deputy chief midwifery officer for England Jessica Read said: “Mums-to-be naturally want what’s best for their baby and we know that many have been worried about getting vaccinated.

“But we also know that the vaccine is safe for pregnant women, with hundreds of thousands of expectant mums around the world having had the vaccine with no ill effects.”

She added: “Pregnant women who catch Covid are more at risk of becoming seriously ill, which can cause problems in pregnancy.

“So it’s vital they take up the offer of a vaccinatio­n, protecting themselves and their babies from the virus.”

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