A pilot scheme is underway in North Tyneside to encourage pregnant women and breastfeeding mums to get their Covid jab.

Midwives will be on hand to provide reassurance as well as answer questions or concerns at the walk-in vaccination clinics at The Village Hotel at the Silverlink.

Most recent data shows that since May, almost 98% of pregnant people admitted to hospital with COVID19 had not had either of their COVID19 vaccines, according to data from NHS England.

This is true at a local level too – we are seeing some very poorly pregnant people being admitted to intensive care units across the locality with COVID19 who haven’t had their vaccines.

Vaccination remains the best way to protect against the known risks of COVID-19 in pregnancy for both mother and baby, including admission to intensive care and premature birth.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives have both recommended vaccination as one of the best defences for pregnant women against severe COVID19 infection, while the independent JCVI confirms the jab has been shown to be effective and safe for women carrying a baby

To support pregnant people across North Tyneside who are still making a decision about their COVID19 vaccine, North Tyneside Council has partnered up with Northumbria Healthcare and North Tyneside CCG to pilot ‘joined up’ walk in vaccine clinics at the Village Hotel at the Silverlink – where a midwife will be present to offer advice.

Clinics will run Tuesdays from 8:30am – 1pm and Thursdays from 2pm to 7pm up initially until the end of the August.


Watch the video report from ITV News Tyne Tees.

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