Boris Johnson’s wife, Carrie Johnson, announced on social media today she has just received her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in order to reassure other mums who may feel insecure about getting the jab.
Carrie, 33, is expecting her second child after having a miscarriage earlier this year.
She wrote on her Instagram account: “Just had my second jab and feeling great!
“I know there are lots of pregnant women who are anxious about getting their Covid vaccine but the evidence is incredibly reassuring.”
She continued: “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.”
Recent data shows only one in 10 pregnant women have been vaccinated in the UK.
Health chiefs have been urging mums-to-be to get vaccinated as hospitalisation rates have been rising among this group.
At the time of writing, there are 600,000 pregnant women in the UK and only 20,648 have been fully vaccinated.
Last month, Carrie shared a picture on social media explaining they were expecting a “rainbow baby”.
That is a term used when a couple has previously lost another baby.
The Prime minister’s wife had a miscarriage in December.
“I found it a real comfort to hear from people who had also experienced loss so I hope that in some very small way sharing this might help others too.”
Carrie’s announcement came as Boris Johnson has been asked to support three days of paid miscarriage leave.
MP Angela Crawley said: “It could have been an opportunity to consider the impact that [a miscarriage] would have had on other families.”
At the moment, mothers are eligible for maternity leave pay if she has a stillborn baby after week 24.