Most pregnant women with Covid who are forced to use a hospital ventilator are not vaccinated

A new report that looked at the effects of Covid on pregnant women found that of 558 pregnant (or recently pregnant) women admitted to hospital with serious illness, 118 were put on a ventilator within 24 hours.

The National Critical Care Audit and Research Center examined women admitted to hospital from May 1 to Christmas Eve.

Doctors have warned that most pregnant women who are forced to use a ventilator are not vaccinated, according to the MailOnline.

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Research also confirmed that 15 of the 558 have died, while 24 others are still being treated in an intensive care unit and 32 is the average age of pregnant women with Covid in intensive care.

Pregnant women are encouraged to be vaccinated

It is believed that pregnant women may be at higher risk of infection due to their weakened immune system.

Patrick O’Brien, gynecologist at University College Hospital London NHS Trust and Chairman of the Vaccines Committee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said: “Where you have women who are very sick with Covid and pregnant, they are almost all not vaccinated.

“We don’t know yet what will happen with the Omicron variant, but what we’ve seen with other variants is that they cause more serious illness in pregnant women.”

Dr O’Brien added that it may take another two to three weeks to know exactly what effects Omicron has on pregnant women.

He said: “However, it’s just a horrible situation when you see a person in intensive care who is pregnant and on ventilation, because you know that if they had received the vaccine, it could have prevented it. almost always completely preventable. “

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On Tuesday November 28, the British Health Security Agency (UKHSA) confirmed that there had been an additional 17,269 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant of Covid reported across the UK.

This brings the total number of confirmed cases of the variant in the UK to 177,201, although no number of cases have been reported in Scotland or Wales since December 23.

The death toll in England of people with the Omicron variant has risen to 49, according to the UKHSA.

Hospital admissions in England for people with confirmed or suspected Omicron have increased to 668.

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