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Get your jab plea to pregnant women and new mums in Fenland

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Pregnant women and new mums are being urged to have their Covid jabs.

The move comes after an increase in pregnant women testing positive for the virus and ending up in critical care.

The new advice comes after an alert was sent to all GP practices in the East of England yesterday (Thursday) from Pippa Greenfield, regional lead obstetrician and Wendy Matthews, regional chief midwife/director of nursing.

In their statement shared by the Fenland Group Practice, which runs surgeries in Doddington, Manea, Wimblington, Sutton and Ramsey, they said: "We are seeing a large increase in Covid positive pregnant women and a subsequent increase in women requiring critical care support."

The health leaders go on to say that women who have needed critical care have either not been vaccinated or had only one dose.

And they added: "There seems to be a reluctance in the uptake of Covid vaccination in pregnant women due to a variety of reasons."

But the latest guidance from the Royal College of Gynaecology is that Covid-19 vaccines are recommended in pregnancy.

On April 16 2021, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised that all pregnant women should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, in line with the age group roll out.

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the known risks of Covid in pregnancy for both women and babies, including admission of the woman to intensive care and premature birth of the baby

Part of the reasons why pregnant women are failing to have the jab is because they are not aware of the latest guidance from the Royal College of Gynaecology which recommends all pregnant women, post-natal and breastfeeding women should receive the vaccine.

A spokesperson for Fenland Group Practice added: "If you are pregnant/postpartum or breastfeeding and haven't yet had a Covid vaccine please consider it. We have a drop in clinic this Saturday (tomorrow) at Doddington hospital."

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