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 number of pregnant women being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 remains high, and many of them experience serious symptoms. Among pregnant women hospitalised with the virus, the vast majority were unvaccinated.
This is a stark reminder that vaccines save lives – and it’s why we’re urging pregnant women to take action to protect themselves and their babies.
Booking an appointment
If you are attending a maternity clinic in Bedford, Luton or Milton Keynes, you can now book online to get your COVID-19 vaccination at the same time.
There will be experienced midwives on hand to discuss any queries you may have so that you can make an informed decision.
Fast Pass for Pregnant Women
To help make the process a little easier, when a pregnant woman arrives at a drop-in session at one of our large vaccination centres:
• Bedford Heights, Manton Lane, Bedford
• Biggleswade Hospital, Potton Road, Biggleswade
• Luton Wellbeing Hub, The Mall, Luton
• Midsummer Place (opposite Next Beauty & Home, near the Frog Clock), Milton Keynes
they can make themselves known to a member of staff who will then fast-track them through so they don’t have to wait too long. This should be especially useful when centres are busy.
Please check on the vaccination centre drop-in page to see what times the sessions are running in your area.
Your questions answered
Pregnant women who have concerns or questions on the COVID-19 vaccination, can send their questions to [email protected] and we will ask our vaccination lead midwife to respond.
Resources available to help you make your decision
Advice for women, partners and healthcare professionals from the Royal College of Midwives
A helpful decision aid leaflet is available to aid you with your decision from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Leaflets are available to download in many languages from the gov.uk website
Pregnancy and Vaccination online Q&A
Expectant mothers, their partners and people planning a pregnancy were invited to attend a free expert-led webinar hosted by Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group. Those attending heard from NHS specialists who answered questions and concerns about the different COVID-19 vaccines with regards to fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
The event, which was open to all residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have concerns about fertility, and their partners and gave those attending the opportunity to have their questions answered and hear directly from NHS midwives and maternity experts.
The full webinar was recorded and is available to watch: