More pregnant women are signing up for Covidvaccines as 60 percent have now had their first shot, new data shows.
New data from the UK Health Security Agency shows Covid vaccine uptake among pregnant women has increased from 53.7 per cent in December 2021 to 59.5 per cent in January 2022.
But figures showed that inequalities in intake between different ethnic groups persisted, with only 30 percent of black pregnant women receiving one or more doses in January. This compares to 57 percent of white women and 49 percent of Asian women.
Those living in the most deprived areas also have lower take-up, as only 38 percent of women have received at least one vaccination, compared with 71.1 percent in the least deprived areas.
Britain has struggled with the uptake of Covid vaccines among pregnant women, although research now shows the vaccines are safe.
Research published this week by St George’s University of London and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists showed women had a 15 per cent lower risk of stillbirth when they were vaccinated.
Data released by the health agency shows that women who are unvaccinated are more likely to develop serious illness from Covid-19 and those who develop serious illness are more likely to have a preterm baby.
dr Gayatri Amirthalingam, Deputy Director of Immunization and Vaccine Preventable Diseases at the UK Health Security Agency, said: “The number of pregnant women coming in for their Covid-19 vaccine is increasing month on month which is very encouraging.
“We know that pregnant women are at higher risk of serious illness and the Covid vaccines offer a high level of protection against becoming seriously ill and being hospitalised.
“However, disparities in uptake persist, with women from some ethnic groups and people living in the most disadvantaged areas being the least likely to be vaccinated. It is vital that we continue to address these inequalities.
“We have extensive evidence from the UK and around the world to support the safety of the currently recommended Covid vaccines for pregnant women.
“We continue to encourage all pregnant women to register for vaccination to best protect themselves and their baby from serious complications from Covid.