Most pregnant women on ventilators with Covid haven't had jab

Revealed: Nearly all pregnant women on ventilators with Covid haven’t had jab… as heartbroken father says his daughter might still be alive if she had been vaccinated

  • More than 500 expectant women or those who have just given birth have been treated in ICU over past eight months in England
  • With only about 25% of pregnant women getting the vaccine, experts have laid out further warnings in light of the figures
  • Report from Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre (May 1 to Dec 24): Of 558 pregnant or recently pregnant women admitted to ICU during this time, 118 were on ventilators within 24 hours
  • 15 of those died; 24 are still in ICU battling the virus. Average age of pregnant women with Covid in ICU is 32, data reveals 

Dozens of pregnant women and new mothers are fighting for their lives against Covid in NHS intensive care units, official data reveals.

Doctors say in nearly every case, women who are being kept alive on ventilators are unvaccinated and their life-threatening condition could have been ‘almost completely preventable’ if they had been jabbed.

More than 500 expectant women or those who have just given birth have been treated in ICU over the past eight months in England. 

And with only about 25 per cent of pregnant women getting the vaccine, experts have laid out further warnings in light of the figures.

The report from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre, covering the period from May 1 to Christmas Eve, reveals that of the 558 pregnant or recently pregnant women admitted to ICU during this time, 118 were put on ventilators within 24 hours.

Tragically, 15 of those died, while 24 are still in ICU battling the virus. The average age of pregnant women with Covid in ICU is just 32, the data reveals.

Dozens of pregnant women and new mothers are fighting for their lives against Covid in NHS intensive care units, official data reveals. Doctors say in nearly every case, women who are being kept alive on ventilators are unvaccinated and their life-threatening condition could have been ‘almost completely preventable’ if they had been jabbed. (File image)

Experts say this group may face increased risks from the virus due to the effects having a baby can have on the immune system, which can leave them more vulnerable to infection.

It is too soon to know whether Omicron poses a greater risk for pregnant or new mothers compared with previous strains. But doctors are alarmed at the low rates of vaccine uptake among this group.

Patrick O’Brien, a gynaecologist at University College Hospital London NHS Trust and chairman of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vaccine committee, said: ‘Where you have women who are very sick with Covid and pregnant, they are almost all unvaccinated.

‘We don’t know yet about what is going to happen in relation to the Omicron variant but what we have seen with other variants is that they are causing more severe disease in pregnant women.’

He added: ‘We won’t really know for another two to three weeks what the latest variant is going to do.

‘However, it is just an awful situation when you see somebody in intensive care who is pregnant and being ventilated, because you know that if they had the vaccine it could have prevented it. It is almost always completely preventable.’

He said new mothers may also be at heightened risk from Covid for up to six weeks after the birth because of the strain on the body due to pregnancy.

Doctors say mothers-to-be are refusing the jab over concerns on the safety of the vaccine for them and their baby.

But an analysis of scientific studies carried out by the Royal College suggests the risk of stillbirth for pregnant women who have Covid is two times higher if they are unvaccinated.

Those with severe Covid also have a one-in-five chance of needing a premature delivery. 

And separate data earlier this year revealed unvaccinated pregnant women made up nearly a fifth of the most ill Covid patients in ICU.

Marian Knight, professor of maternal and child population health at the University of Oxford’s National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, said: ‘While it is concerning that outcomes of Covid in pregnancy appear to be getting worse, women should be reassured by the data which show that vaccination gives strong protection against severe illness. 

‘Vaccination is the best way to protect both you and your baby. We know that after vaccination, antibodies cross the placenta and can help protect babies from illness.’

My daughter might still be alive if she’d been vaccinated, says father of 24-year-old

By JAMES TOZER for the Daily Mail 

A mother who died after falling ill with coronavirus would probably still be alive had she been jabbed, her devastated father said yesterday.

Sadie Exley, 24, was pregnant with her second child when she suddenly started suffering from migraines and chest pain.

She was diagnosed with a blood clot in her lung, and then caught Covid. 

Sadie Exley, 24, was pregnant with her second child when she suddenly started suffering from migraines and chest pain. (She is pictured with her two-year-old daughter Harper)

Her condition deteriorated and a week later she was taken to hospital having become paralysed on one side.

The shop worker was transferred into intensive care at Leeds General Infirmary but tragically died earlier this month after a brain haemorrhage.

Thankfully, doctors were able to save her baby son Elliot who was delivered by caesarean section at 29 weeks weighing just 2lbs 1oz. 

Her father David said doctors had told him they thought ‘she’d still be here’ had she not been taken in by anti-vaxxer misinformation. 

‘Covid does a lot of things,’ said the 57-year-old. ‘It works on your weaknesses within your body.’

Mr Exley claimed his daughter wasn’t vaccinated as Elliot’s father had ‘watched YouTube videos and was against it’.

Miss Exley, who worked at B&M in her home town of Batley, West Yorkshire, was also mother to two-year-old girl, Harper.

Thankfully, doctors were able to save her baby son Elliot (above) who was delivered by caesarean section at 29 weeks weighing just 2lbs 1oz

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