The Health Service Executive (HSE) Clinical Director of Women and Infant Health Dr. Peter McKenna has stated that the message for pregnant women to get vaccinated “appears to be getting through” following a recent survey revealing that 58% of the 750 women in all 19 maternity units were fully vaccinated.
The survey also revealed that 74% of their partners were fully vaccinated.
This comes amid concerns surrounding pregnant women being treated in ICU as they have accounted for 7% of ICU admissions which is quite significant when considering that they only accounted for 3% during the first half of the year and 1% last year.
Dr. McKenna added that 15 pregnant women have been admitted to ICU since September and that many of the pregnant women in ICU have been critically unwell with some requiring ventilation for weeks.
In regards to the recent vaccination survey results, Dr. McKenna said, “It would suggest to me that the message that vaccination is necessary if you don’t want to become unwell, is getting through” while describing it as a very gratifying figure.
“I think that we may now have reached a tipping point where the message is absolutely clear and unequivocal that all pregnant women for their sake and for the sake of their baby should be vaccinated”.
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