Carrie Johnson yesterday urged pregnant women to have the Covid jab as fears grow over the soaring numbers being admitted to hospital with the virus.
The Prime Minister’s wife, who announced two weeks ago that she is expecting her second child, yesterday posted a snap of herself on Instagram with the caption: ‘Just had my second jab and feeling great!’
Carrie, who is three months pregnant, is now appealing to others to follow her lead and get their vaccine. Concerns are increasing after figures revealed that fewer than one in 12 pregnant women have come forward to be inoculated.
Posting on her Instagram page, Carrie, 33, said evidence shows that the jab causes no higher risk of miscarriage. Her intervention comes after the Royal College of Midwives warned that pregnant women are more likely to become seriously ill if they get Covid.
Alongside a selfie photograph displaying a sticker to show she had been jabbed, Carrie wrote: ‘I know there are lots of pregnant women who are anxious about getting their Covid vaccine but the evidence is incredibly reassuring.
Carrie Johnson yesterday urged pregnant women to have the Covid jab as fears grow over the soaring numbers being admitted to hospital with the virus. The Prime Minister’s wife, who announced two weeks ago that she is expecting her second child, yesterday posted a snap of herself on Instagram with the caption: ‘Just had my second jab and feeling great!’
Carrie’s maternity wardrobe
By KATIE HIND for the Mail on Sunday
Carrie Johnson has given a hint of her stylish maternity wardrobe in a photograph she posted after having the Covid jab.
The Prime Minister’s wife was wearing a pair of blue dungarees by London-based ethical fashion brand Clary & Peg which are currently in their sale.
Mrs Johnson, 33, showed off the strap of the company’s Doris Dungarees in Bright Blue Linen which are currently reduced from £165 to £135.
The outfit is also described on Clary & Peg’s website as being ‘Breastfeeding friendly’ – like many of their range.
The company, which has a studio on Columbia Road in Hackey, is co-owned by Edwina Gieve – the cousin of model Cara Delevingne. And in 2014, the star posed with a fake pregnancy bump to show off a pair of her relative’s denim dungarees on Instagram for her previous company, In Pig.
Ms Gieve co-founded Clary & Peg in 2014 with Johanna Kociejowski, who she met at ante-natal classes.
Actress Rosamund Pike and theatre director Sophie Hunter – wife of Benedict Cumberbatch – have also worn Clary & Peg’s clothes.
On its website Clary & Peg say they offer a range of ‘beautiful, vintage-inspired clothes that are maternity friendly’ but are also suitable for non-pregnant women too.
They say that their items ‘marry vintage nostalgia with contemporary design’ and that they have ‘drawn on inspiration from the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s to create unique collections of stylish, versatile and trans-seasonal clothing’ and that all clothes have been designed to appeal to pregnant and non-pregnant women alike.
Mrs Johnson is a huge fan of sustainable fashion and even rents her clothes rather than buying them.
She regularly uses London company Wardrobe HQ and was recently seen at the G7 Summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall in a pink Roksanda dress which she hired from them.
And she even rented her wedding dress from the company. Her stunning bell-sleeved, embellished tulle gown by Greek designer Christos Costarellos which bought new would cost £2,830 but instead she loaned it for £45 per day.
Carrie also showed off a beautiful silver chain with the initials ‘W’ for son Wilfred and a ‘B’ for Boris, with a heart between the letters.
‘Most importantly, the data shows there is no increased risk of miscarriage, something I was definitely concerned about.
‘Nearly 200,000 pregnant women across the UK and US have received the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines recommended during pregnancy, without safety concerns.
‘The Royal College of Midwives has said that expectant mothers are at greater risk of serious illness if they get Covid so being vaccinated really is the best way to keep you and your baby safe.’
It is believed expectant mothers have been fearful of having the jab because pregnant women were excluded from initial vaccine trials as a precautionary measure. It meant there was no safety data available for the group at the time the vaccine rollout began.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation instead decided to wait for data from the United States to come in before making a recommendation.
Two weeks ago, Carrie told how she had suffered a miscarriage at the beginning of the year but is now pregnant with what she described as her ‘rainbow baby’ – a term used to describe a child born after a miscarriage, stillborn, or neonatal death.
While pregnant with her son Wilfred in April last year, she caught coronavirus, although her symptoms weren’t severe.
At the same time, however, Mr Johnson was suffering from the virus so badly that he spent time in intensive care at St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Carrie’s appeal comes after figures showed the number of pregnant women admitted to hospital with Covid has jumped ten-fold since May and 98 per cent of those are unvaccinated.
Analysis of NHS data shows that while there were 28 expectant mothers admitted per week four months ago, the number is now closer to 300.
Meanwhile, the number of pregnant women in intensive care has risen sharply. Figures from the Intensive Care National Audit and Research Centre show that 66 pregnant women in England, Wales and Northern Ireland went into intensive care last month – the highest number since the pandemic began and three times as many as April last year.
While less than one per cent of pregnant women who are hospitalised die, the risks are severe and the virus increases the chances of babies being born prematurely or stillborn by three times.
Pregnant women who contract Covid are also 76 per cent more likely to develop pre-eclampsia, a serious condition which can cause strokes, organ failure, and even deformities in a newborn.
Intensive care doctors say emergency C-sections are commonplace with these patients because the mothers are so ill.
The Mail on Sunday revealed earlier this month that scores of pregnant women had been advised by their midwives to avoid the vaccine because it could be ‘another thalidomide’ – the now-banned morning sickness drug that caused disability in children in the 1960s. Others have been told it could increase the chance of miscarriage.
Experts have blamed misinformation and confused messaging for the lack of take-up of the vaccine by pregnant women.
As recently as April, Public Health England leaflets said expectant women ‘should not be vaccinated’. But the NHS recently launched a social media campaign to encourage them to get their jabs.
England’s chief midwife, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, has also written to maternity staff stressing the need to encourage mums-to-be to come forwards.
Meanwhile, Carrie yesterday gave a hint of her maternity wardrobe as she showed the strap of a pair of blue dungarees from an ethical London-based range.
The outfit, designed to be breastfeeding-friendly, is from Clary & Peg, which has a studio in Hackney.
She also wore a silver chain with the initials ‘W’ for her 16-month- old son Wilfred and a ‘B’ for husband Boris. The letters were separated with a heart.
She took to social media on Saturday to reassure other pregnant women who may be anxious about getting the vaccine that she is ‘feeling great’
I was vaccinated three weeks ago and haven’t had any side effects
WHY I HAD IT
Alison Towler is 35 weeks pregnant with her third child. In March, the 38-year-old teacher was adamant that she didn’t want the Covid vaccine, but she changed her mind after seeing an increase in the number of pregnant women requiring hospital treatment due to the virus.
Mrs Towler, from St Albans, told The Mail on Sunday: ‘I have been on a rollercoaster of a journey with my thoughts on the vaccine.
‘In March, I was very much anti-vaccine while being pregnant.
Alison Towler is 35 weeks pregnant with her third child. In March, the 38-year-old teacher was adamant that she didn’t want the Covid vaccine, but she changed her mind after seeing an increase in the number of pregnant women requiring hospital treatment due to the virus
‘My community midwife told me that I should have it, given my job and mixing with different people all the time.
‘But I also have friends who are doctors and midwives who said that there wasn’t enough evidence to say it was safe. Then I rapidly changed my mind a few weeks ago. I started to feel funny coming up to Freedom Day and I kept seeing the daily rates going up and up.
‘The number of pregnant women becoming hospitalised and needing ventilators started to terrify me.
‘I had my first Pfizer jab three weeks ago and I have my second in a few weeks. I didn’t have one side effect either.
‘The main thing for me is if I caught Covid now, me, my kids and my baby would be safe.’
I couldn’t live with myself if it harmed my unborn baby
WHY I DIDN’T
Katie Garnett, 37, has chosen not to have the vaccine.
The marketing executive, from Guildford in Surrey, is 17 weeks pregnant with her second child. She said there wasn’t enough evidence to suggest the vaccine is safe for mums-to-be and she isn’t sure whether she will have it even after giving birth.
She said: ‘From the beginning I was in two minds about it. I looked online and read up about it and tried to collect a balanced view.
Katie Garnett, 37, has chosen not to have the vaccine. The marketing executive, from Guildford in Surrey, is 17 weeks pregnant with her second child
‘I spoke to my midwife at my first appointment when I was eight weeks pregnant and her recommendation was if it was her, she wouldn’t have it, especially in my first trimester because the chances of things going wrong are heightened. She couldn’t give me a definitive answer at the time.
‘I don’t know if I will change my mind further down the line, but I am taking it a day at a time.
‘I do have a lot of friends who have had the vaccine and have gone on to have weird menstrual bleeding. And I looked into it and there are thousands of women who are reporting odd symptoms.
‘If these women are having odd effects to their periods and reproductive system, then what may it be doing to a foetus? Being a guinea pig doesn’t sit well with me.’
Miss Garnett, pictured left, said her friends and family were not on board with her decision not to get the vaccine.
She added: ‘I keep wondering if I could live with myself if my baby was born with an awful disability or something worse. I’d have to carry that around with me for the rest of my life.
‘My partner has admitted that he is scared for me and the impact Covid could have on our family. This new trial sounds like the thing that we need but it isn’t helpful to the women who are pregnant now.’
Boris shows solidarity with Carrie – by giving up booze until the birth
By GLEN OWEN for the Mail on Sunday
Boris Johnson has made a personal sacrifice to show solidarity with his pregnant wife – he’s giving up alcohol until the baby is born.
The Prime Minister, who has been on a health kick since contracting Covid last year, has vowed that he will not touch a drop until Christmas, when the couple’s second child is due.
Boris Johnson has made a personal sacrifice to show solidarity with his pregnant wife – he’s giving up alcohol until the baby is born
Friends say his abstinence has also been spurred by the challenges he faces in this autumn, when he will set out a series of flagship policies.
They include a new £10 billion- a-year ‘health tax’ to tackle the NHS backlog and reform social care, drawing up environmental policies ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, devising a winter plan for Covid-proofing the economy, announcing a crackdown on crime, and thrashing out a spending review with Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
Carrie Johnson, who has one-year-old son Wilfred with Boris, said she was looking forward to welcoming a ‘rainbow baby’ – a healthy child born after a miscarriage – in December.
Mr Johnson, who was 16st 7 lb when he caught Covid, has shed nearly 2st through a combination of diet and exercise since recovering from the illness.
His wife has played a key role in ensuring that he eats healthily and moderates his alcohol intake.
The Prime Minister has cut out ‘late-night cheese’, eats less chocolate and runs regularly – forcing him to splash out on a new wardrobe of suits.