Urgent vaccine appeal over rise in pregnant women in intensive care

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will run specially-organised Covid-19 vaccine clinics this weekend.

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Pregnant: NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will run specially-organised Covid-19 vaccine clinics this weekend.

A health board has issued an urgent appeal following a rise in pregnant women ending up in intensive care with Covid-19.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) will run specially-organised clinics this weekend to allow those who have yet to receive two doses of a coronavirus vaccine to get jabbed.

Bosses at NHSGGC said over recent months they have seen an increase in the number of pregnant women admitted to intensive care, the “vast majority of whom were unvaccinated”.

Chief midwife Evelyn Frame said: “The stark reality is being unvaccinated while pregnant puts both you and your baby at increased risk.

“Some women who have become seriously unwell have had to have their baby delivered early, which is far from ideal.

“Being pregnant puts a women at increased risk of Covid-19 complications. But this risk can be dramatically reduced by receiving both doses of the vaccine.”

Special clinics

  • Saturday: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (maternity), 9am-4pm.
  • Sunday: Princess Royal Maternity Hospital (day care), 9am-4pm
  • Sunday: Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley (antenatal), 9am-4pm.

Ms Frame added: “All pregnant woman are invited to attend a drop-in clinic on these days to receive either their first or second dose.

“Women can attend any clinic which suits them – even if it’s not the hospital they are booked into.

“There’s also no pressure. Even if they just want to come along and speak to one of the vaccinators, we will be delighted to see them.

“They will be able to get the updated information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine in pregnancy and chat through any concerns they may have.”

Those who attend will also be able to receive a flu vaccine.