Data on the number of pregnant women in Scotland who have received a COVID-19 vaccination has been published for the first time by Public Health Scotland (PHS).
The data, published in the PHS weekly statistical report, shows that a total of 4,090 COVID-19 vaccinations were given to 3,698 pregnant women in Scotland from the start of the vaccination programme in December 2020 to the end of May 2021.
The information has been gathered as part of the COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) study, which is co led by Public Health Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.
Commenting on the data, Dr Rachael Wood, Consultant at Public Health Scotland and COPS co-lead, said:
“In line with advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), women who are pregnant in Scotland are being invited to receive their COVID-19 vaccines at the same time as other women within their priority group.
“The data published today shows that over 4,000 COVID-19 vaccinations have already been given to pregnant women in Scotland; at all stages of their pregnancy. It is encouraging to note that to date no serious pregnancy-related adverse events following vaccination have been reported to Public Health Scotland.
“These results are incredibly important as the vaccination programme continues, with younger women of reproductive age now being invited for vaccination”.
The report states that presented figures are provisional as the COPS database of pregnant women will be incomplete for recent months, however, updated figures will be published every month from September 2021.
For the full analysis of COVID-19 vaccination among pregnant women, please see our Weekly COVID-19 Statistical report.
Through using healthcare data from across Scotland, COPS study seeks to provide detailed information on how common COVID-19 infection is in pregnancy and how it impacts on the health of mothers and babies. The study also monitors the uptake, effectiveness, and safety of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.