EXPECTANT mothers in North Ayrshire who are unvaccinated are being urged by the NHS to receive their Covid-19 vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has underlined the high priority for pregnant women to have the protection offered by vaccination against the coronavirus.

Attica Wheeler, NHS Ayrshire & Arran associate director of nursing, women and children’s services, said: “We are keen to help support women to make an informed choice about vaccination against the coronavirus.

“Between December 2020 and October 2021, 98% of pregnant women who required critical care in Scotland were unvaccinated.

"Getting the vaccine in pregnancy is safe and vaccination is the best way to protect you and your baby against the known risks of Covid-19 in pregnancy.”

To book a vaccine appointment, visit www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or phone the vaccine helpline on 0800 030 8013.