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Result Information campaign results in 'really good take-up' of Covid vaccines among pregnant women

'For people who are pregnant, the really important thing is that discussion with their caregiver, be that their midwife or consultant'

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A renewed information campaign in recent days is showing results among pregnant women

A renewed information campaign in recent days is showing results among pregnant women

A renewed information campaign in recent days is showing results among pregnant women

A renewed information campaign in recent days has resulted in a “really good take-up” of Covid vaccines among pregnant women, the HSE has said. 

Health authorities had been slammed by maternity campaigners, politicians and healthcare professionals for failing to effectively communicate with pregnant women about the Covid-19 vaccine.

The health service says it is advising women at any stage of pregnancy to get vaccinated, but vaccination rates have remained “lower than expected”, at between 25-40 per cent.

The chair of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr Cliona Murphy, described the number of women who have been admitted to intensive care units for Covid-19 treatment recently as “striking”.

However, HSE vaccination lead Damien McCallion has told Newstalk that a renewed information campaign in recent days is showing results.

“We have seen really good take-up through the last week or so through the campaign and the work, particularly I think of the professional people on the ground,” he said.

“For people who are pregnant, the really important thing is that discussion with their caregiver, be that their midwife or consultant.

“I think that is where we are starting to see some of those conversations alongside the public information and the improved communication around that and hopefully that is starting to see some dividends.”

Ireland currently has one of the highest vaccination rates in Europe with 74 per cent of the total population and 92 per cent of the adult population fully vaccinated.

But the low rate among pregnant women had been causing concern

“We have seen some improvement over recent weeks and that is through probably improved communication and through the work of the professional people that are working in the different maternity units around the country,” said Mr McCallion.

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“So, all of our 19 units have been working to contact people and try and talk them through I suppose the benefits of the vaccine for them and some of the risks associated with not having the vaccine.”


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