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‘Get vaccinated’: appeal from the family of the Covid victim to pregnant women | Vaccines and vaccination

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She was eight months pregnant and just weeks away from welcoming her fifth daughter into the world, but Saiqa Parveen died of Covid after postponing the coronavirus vaccine. Her family has now made an emotional appeal for pregnant women to get vaccinated.

Parveen, 37, had planned to delay the jab until the birth of her baby, her family said, but was admitted to hospital with difficulty breathing in September and put on a ventilator.

A decision has been made by medical staff at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, to deliver by emergency Caesarean section. Parveen died on November 1 after spending five weeks in intensive care. She never had the chance to meet her newborn baby, her fifth daughter, named Dua Maryam.

Her husband, Majid Ghafur, a 40-year-old taxi driver, now looks after the five daughters. He told Sky News: “She didn’t even know if she had a baby girl or a boy. It was just shocking. She hasn’t had a chance to talk to me, even five minutes, to tell me about the girls, you know, what to do.

When asked what her last words were, Gahfur replied, “She couldn’t even speak. She couldn’t breathe properly… She couldn’t speak.

He added, “I’m going to get this message out to the whole world, I’m just begging everyone to get vaccinated, otherwise it’s very hard for them. It’s a very fatal disease, you know. She had planned so many things, and this illness didn’t give her any luck.

Parveen’s brother, Qayoum Mughal, told the BBC his family had “lost everything”. He described how his sister received a letter offering the vaccine, but told his family, “It’s too late now. When I have my baby, I will get the vaccine.

“But she didn’t get the chance,” he said.

Mughal described her as a “lady of principle” and said: “Please, please get vaccinated whether you are pregnant or not. For the love of God and your children. relatives, please get vaccinated … Save yourself and your loved ones.

Covid vaccines are recommended for pregnant women. In a letter to midwives, obstetricians and general practitioners in July, England’s chief midwife Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent said that all healthcare professionals have “a responsibility to proactively encourage pregnant women ”to get vaccinated.

Parveen has chosen not to be vaccinated, but concerns have been expressed that pregnant women are being denied vaccination clinics despite clinical advice.

Members of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization told The Guardian they are urging ministers to focus more on pregnant women, as only around 15% in the UK have been fully vaccinated. Among all those over 12, the figure is 79%.

Data from the University of Oxford’s MBRRACE-UK maternal health study shows that at least 13 pregnant women died with Covid between July and September of this year, 85% of whom were believed to have not been vaccinated. This figure is higher than in the first and second waves of the pandemic, when nine and 11 pregnant women died but jabs were not available.

Professor Marian Knight, head of the MBRRACE-UK program, said there was still no common message across health services. “Women are being turned away from clinics and now some trusts are offering it as part of the maternity service, but it’s not universal so there are always barriers,” she said.

Parveen’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Monday.

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