Bradshaw encourages pregnant women to get vaccinated

Alliance Health spokesperson Paula Bradshaw MLA has joined calls to encourage pregnant women to come forward for their Covid-19 vaccinations.

A new study published by the University of Edinburgh showed those at the end of their pregnancy are at increased risk of birth-related complications after getting the virus, with warnings of ‘serious consequences’ for both mother and baby.

“I know many expectant mothers have been nervous to vaccinate themselves against the virus, but the evidence is clear the significantly higher risk for women is from Covid-19,” said South Belfast MLA Ms Bradshaw.

“The findings of this study are indeed concerning and show preterm births, stillbirths and newborn deaths are more common among women who have had Covid-19 just before delivery. Being up to date with vaccinations, including the booster dose, offers significant protection from transmission.

“Pregnancy can be an extremely stressful time and the uncertainty of the pandemic has put additional pressures on expectant mothers. I would therefore strongly encourage pregnant women to ensure they give themselves and their baby the best protection from the virus through vaccination.”