Maternity experts invite Radstock mums-to-be to chat through Covid-19 vaccine worries at upcoming webinar

  Posted: 29.11.21 at 12:22 by The Editor

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Pregnant women in Radstock are being encouraged to put their questions about the Covid-19 vaccine to a panel of the region’s top maternity experts at an upcoming online event.

Taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 December, the virtual Opening Doors discussion forum is an opportunity for mums-to-be, as well as their partners, other family members and friends, to seek reassurance about having the coronavirus vaccine while pregnant.

The panel, which includes Dr Katharine Backhouse, Consultant Obstetrician at Salisbury District Hospital, Dr Katherine Oldridge, GP Maternity Lead, Sandy Richards, Local Maternity and Neonatal System Midwife, and Dr Colin Payton, Consultant Occupational Physician.

Although the coronavirus vaccine has been proved to be both safe and effective for pregnant women and those trying to conceive, many people still have some reservations.
Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “This event is a fantastic opportunity for us to provide women and their families, some of whom may have so far not taken up the Covid-19 vaccine, with information that will hopefully allay their concerns and fears about getting vaccinated.

“Locally, we have safely given out more than 1.6 million vaccines, but we know a high number of our expectant mothers, as well as women who have recently given birth, have remained unvaccinated.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is safe, and any unlikely side effect from the vaccination process will in no way be as serious as actually catching coronavirus, which we know has led to many pregnant women in our region needing intense hospital care.”

Last week, the country’s top doctors and maternity experts urged pregnant women to have the Covid-19 vaccine after new data from the UK Health Security Agency showed that vaccinated women were at no greater risk of experiencing complications during pregnancy than those who had held off from getting protected.

The data also revealed that, out of all pregnant women currently in hospital with Covid-19, more than 98 per cent had not been vaccinated.

Places for the Opening Doors online event can be booked by sending an email to [email protected]

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