One in six critically ill patients hospitalized for COVID-19 in England are unvaccinated pregnant women, reported the National Health System (NHS) from the country.
According to a survey by the entity, 118 patients with COVID-19 required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) between July and September of this year. Of the total, 19 were pregnant women: 18 were not vaccinated and one had a single dose.
In addition, of the 118: 107 were not vaccinated, 4 had a single dose and only 7 had both doses applied.
ECMO is a technique to give cardiac and respiratory support to patients whose lungs and heart are severely damaged. Due to its high cost, this procedure is only used as a last resort and when mechanical ventilation does not work.
The NHS released these data to warn pregnant women about the risks of not getting vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said: “The disproportionate number of unvaccinated pregnant women in intensive care shows that there is a great risk of severe COVID-19 during pregnancy.”
And he added: “there is no relationship between vaccination and loss of pregnancies or premature births.”