The outlook in England is even bleaker. One in five of the nation’s most seriously ill Covid patients is an unvaccinated pregnant woman, the National Health Service (NHS) said in a statement on Monday. Pregnant women accounted for almost one-third (32%) of all women aged 16 to 49 on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) – a medical therapy used only when a patient’s lungs are so damaged that a ventilator cannot maintain oxygen levels, the NHS said. That figure was up from just 6% at the start of the pandemic. NHS figures have been released to encourage pregnant women to get vaccinated. England’s chief midwife Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said the statistics were “another stark reminder that the Covid-19 vaccine can keep you, your baby and your loved ones safe and out of the world. ‘hospital”.
Globally, Covid vaccine guidelines for pregnant and breastfeeding people still vary, with 51 countries explicitly recommending that some or all pregnant people receive the vaccine, according to the COMIT Covid-19 Maternal Immunization Tracker. Vaccines are licensed for pregnant women in 53 countries and in 23 other countries for people who are essential health workers or have underlying health problems. A total of 32 countries do not yet recommend the vaccine for pregnant women.
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Q: Do Covid vaccines affect pregnancy, fertility or menstruation?
Two studies published in September show that Covid vaccines do not increase the risk of miscarriage. CDC researchers studied data from more than 2,000 pregnant women who were vaccinated. They found no higher risk in this group than for pregnant women in general. Miscarriages are common – between 11% and 22% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriages before 20 weeks gestation, they said. This rate did not increase among those vaccinated, according to the researchers.
There is some evidence that the immune response elicited by vaccines and viral infections can temporarily affect menstrual cycles. It is therefore important to study these effects to alleviate fears, according to Dr Victoria Male, reproduction specialist at Imperial College London. “Young women’s reluctance to vaccines is largely driven by false claims that Covid-19 vaccines could harm their chances of future pregnancy,” Male wrote in the British Medical Journal last month. “Failure to thoroughly investigate reports of menstrual changes after vaccination is likely to fuel these fears,” she added.
“Most people who report a change in their period after vaccination find that they return to normal the next cycle and, most importantly, there is no evidence that the Covid-19 vaccination adversely affects fertility,” said Male said.
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In a school in central England, a principal had to involve the police after receiving “abusive and threatening messages” from activists who had put up posters accusing the school of “treating children like laboratory animals”.
While parents in the UK are generally required to allow vaccination for children under 16, children can bypass parents reluctant to get vaccinated if a clinician considers them “competent” to do so, the government said. .
Sydney came out of her “cave”
For the first year of the pandemic, Australia has been one of the few major countries to successfully control the virus through strict border restrictions, mandatory quarantine and temporary lockdowns. But in June, a Delta epidemic in Sydney quickly spread to neighboring Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). Delays in the rollout of vaccination in the country, in part due to poor supplies, have made the population vulnerable, forcing authorities to impose local closures.
What happens next will be critical for the city and Australia as a whole. Other countries in the region are also closely monitoring whether Sydney can succeed in keeping the number of cases and deaths low enough to avoid overwhelming hospitals, while allowing business to resume and people to continue with their lives.
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However, more data is needed to determine the protection these antibodies can provide to the baby.
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