Admission of pregnant women to the hospital with Covid-19 are increasing, and pregnant women appear to be more severely affected by the Delta variant of the disease, a new study conducted by some professors in the University of Oxford state, as United Kingdom Officials embarked on a campaign for pregnant women to get vaccinated against the new Delta Variant.
The research, which the UK Obstetric Surveillance System backed, also revealed that pregnant women admitted in the hospital with severe and moderate infections increased significantly since the Delta Variant became dominant in May.
According to Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child population health at the University of Oxford, “The findings of this study strongly highlight the urgent need for an international approach to tackle this misinformation and improve uptake of the vaccine during pregnancy,” which will prevent many pregnant women from getting the new Delta Variant.
The study revealed that of the 3000 pregnant women admitted between February – June, none of those who showed signs and symptoms of Covid_19 had been fully vaccinated against the virus.
The campaign to encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated was also motivated by the Royal College of Obstetricians report published in May, which revealed that over 58 percent of pregnant women declined vaccines.
On Saturday, the chief midwifery officer for England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, called on pregnant women to get vaccinated to “protect themselves and their babies.”
However, the UK government recommended that pregnant women be vaccinated with the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which have been used to vaccinate close to 130,000 pregnant women in the US.