Unvaccinated pregnant women account for about a fifth of the most seriously ill coronavirus patients in England in recent months, according to health officials.
Between July and September, 17 per cent of Covid-19 patients who required a special lung bypass machine while in intensive care were mothers who did not receive their first vaccine dose, NHS England said.
Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) is used when a patient’s lungs are so damaged by COVID-19 that a ventilator cannot maintain oxygen levels.
While only six percent of women aged 16 to 49 who needed ECMO at the start of the pandemic were pregnant, nearly a third of women in that age group who needed a lung bypass in recent months were unvaccinated mothers. Was.
The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) called the statistics “a damning indictment of a lack of attention to this vulnerable group as restrictions are eased”.
Sarah McMullen, NCT’s director of impact and engagement, said: “We are deeply disappointed to hear of so much misinformation and confusion about the vaccination program and so little attention to what is needed to keep vulnerable groups safe. been focused.”
Health Secretary Sajid Javid called the figures “extremely sad”, while England’s chief midwife Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said it was “another stark reminder that the COVID-19 jab will keep you, your children and your loved ones safe and out of the hospital.” can put out”.
NHS England said data from more than 100,000 COVID vaccinations during pregnancy in England and Scotland and more than 160,000 in the United States showed no harm to the fetus or infant.
Meanwhile, Dr Edward Morris, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said the “disproportionate” number of non-vaccinated pregnant women in intensive care suggests “there is a significant risk of serious illness from COVID-19 in pregnancy.” “.
The association is “immediately calling upon all pregnant women to come forward for their vaccination”.
Mother-to-be Claire Bromley was admitted to her local hospital in Kent with difficulty breathing just days after testing positive for the virus, and was then placed on a ventilator while in a medically induced coma .
When the 33-year-old’s condition worsened, doctors thought she might need an emergency C-section at just 26 weeks into her pregnancy, and she was transferred to another hospital in London.
After about a month in the hospital, she was allowed to go home in early August and is now recovering with her husband and their unborn child, who is doing well.
“I completely understand that when you’re having a baby inside you, the hesitation to not get vaccinated, and the fear of getting pregnant again with the anxiety of COVID, after experiencing two miscarriages before the pandemic was sending my anxiety through,” Ms. Bromley said.
“But, after what happened, I can honestly say that the risk of not having a COVID vaccine far outweighs any doubts about it being there.”
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