MORE than 4000 Covid-19 vaccinations have been given to pregnant women in Scotland, according to data from Public Health Scotland (PHS).

A total of 4090 jags were given to 3698 pregnant women from the start of the vaccination rollout in December 2020 to the end of May 2021, figures show.

PHS said no adverse effects have been reported.

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Jags among pregnant women rapidly increased since May with PHS adding it was likely due to the vaccine rollout reaching younger age groups.

The information was gathered as part of the Covid-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (Cops) study, which is co-led by PHS and the University of Edinburgh.

Following an initial delay pregnant women are now advised to take up a vaccine by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

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 4000 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.

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“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 the 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, it added.