Pregnant and breastfeeding women can now access Covid-19 jabs at hospital ante-natal clinic
Pregnant and breast-feeding women and their partners can now access Covid-19 vaccinations at a new clinic being launched by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Jo Metcalfe, Clinical Operations Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Vaccination Centres run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust said:
“As a registered Midwife, I know that new mums and mums to be can have lots of questions about the vaccine.
“Delivering vaccinations from within the hospital’s ante-natal clinic will enable mums and their partners to have their vaccination in a relaxed environment where they can also ask our vaccination team – which includes registered midwives - any questions they have.
“COVID-19 vaccines offer pregnant women the best protection against COVID-19 disease which can be serious in later pregnancy for some women, so we want to make it as easy as possible for women to access accurate information, as well as the vaccine itself.”
Gemma Partridge, Consultant Obstetrician, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust added:
“As well as the vaccination clinic, we’re also organising a webinar which will be open to anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding and their partners to enable them to ask any questions they have about the vaccine, as well as hear the latest information about Covid-19 during pregnancy. Details will be posted on our social media sites in the near future.
“Pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 are more likely to need intensive care treatment than women of the same age who are not pregnant and are also 2 to 3 times more likely to have their babies early than women without COVID-19.
“I’d encourage anyone who is pregnant and/or breastfeeding to come along to the dedicated vaccination clinic and ask the experts any questions they have.”
The vaccination team will be at the hospital’s ante-natal clinic on:
- Tuesday 24 August
- Wednesday 1st September
- Friday 3rd September
- Tuesday 7th September
- Thursday 9th September
The vaccination clinics will run from 08:00 to 16:00. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding (or a partner of someone who is pregnant or breast-feeding) you can come along to the vaccination clinic – no appointment needed – just drop in when it’s convenient to you.
For those attending the Ante-natal clinic, or any of our vaccination clinics:
- Please take with you your NHS number to help the vaccination team book you in quickly (please see here). But don’t worry if you don’t have an NHS number or are not registered with a GP / local doctor, you can still get vaccinated.
- You do NOT need to show identification (ID) to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and you do not need to give your full name or address. It does not matter whether you are a UK citizen or what your immigration status is, how long you have been here or how long you expect to stay.
- Anyone aged 16+ can have a vaccination, and we want to vaccinate as many people as we can and make getting a vaccine as easy as possible for you.
- Before your vaccination, don't forget to keep hydrated (bring some bottled water with you) and have something to eat before you come!
People can also book their vaccination appointment via https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/ or by calling 119
Or access information on a range of vaccination walk-in clinics across Norfolk and Waveney here: https://apps.norfolk.gov.uk/WalkIn/Form/AllAvailableClinics