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HSE announces “really good” vaccine take-up rate among pregnant women in past week

According to the Health Service Executive (HSE), vaccine take-up among pregnant women has been “really good” in the past week following concerns of low vaccination rates in the cohort.

A renewed information campaign, which has been called on by maternity campaigners and opposition politicians, is paying dividends in recent days, according to HSE vaccination lead Damien McCallion who told Newstalk, “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,”.

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He highlighted the importance of pregnant women having that discussion with their caregiver while adding, “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’s vaccination rate among pregnant women has been between 25% and 40%, which McCallion said has improved over recent weeks.

The HSE’s new information campaign was created in response to comments that it had failed in properly reassuring pregnant women of the vaccine’s benefits in the months since the vaccine campaign was opened to women at all stages of pregnancy.

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