Vaccines save lives. The best way you can keep you, your baby and your loved ones safe and out of hospital is by coming forward to get your Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
The number of pregnant women being admitted to hospital with Coronavirus (COVID-19) is increasing and many needing care are experiencing serious symptoms.
Recent national data shows that among the pregnant women hospitalised with the virus since May, just three were admitted after their first vaccine, while the vast majority (98%) had not been vaccinated at all.
This is why we’re urging you to take action to safeguard yourself and your baby.
Whether you’re pregnant, think you might be, or you are trying for a baby, we encourage you to take up the offer of a vaccine and get protected against Coronavirus (COVID-19).
England’s top midwife, Chief Midwifery Officer Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent,has urged expectant parents to get the jab. Read more here.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have also both recommended vaccination as one of the best defences for expectant parents against severe Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, while the independent JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation) confirms the jab has been shown to be effective and safe for women carrying a baby.
You can book an appointment at nhs.uk/covidvaccine or attend one of the walk-in sessions at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals.
Dedicated maternity COVID-19 vaccination clinics
Walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics are now up and running in our maternity units at Colchester and Ipswich hospitals.
If you’re pregnant and you’ve not taken up the offer of a vaccine yet, but you’d like to receive your first or second dose, here’s the information you need:
At Ipswich Hospital – a vaccinator will be available in the antenatal clinic (to the left of the maternity tower block) on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm.
At Colchester Hospital – a vaccinator will be available in the parent education room (next to antenatal services in Constable Wing) on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am to 5pm.
No appointment needed, just turn up and you can have your jab.
There is lots of information about vaccination in pregnancy online, but please only visit trusted sources to help inform your decision about taking up the offer of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine.
- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG)
- The Royal College of Midwives (RCM)
- Public Health England