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Risk of hospitalization 23 times higher for pregnant women without Covid vaccine

Inoculation rate significantly lower than average


05 August 2021 12:24 PM


ACN | Barcelona

Pregnant women who get infected with Covid-19 are 23 times more likely to require hospitalization if they haven’t been vaccinated against the virus, according to health authorities in Catalonia.

While evidence piles up that coronavirus vaccines are safe both for mothers and babies, the inoculation rate among pregnant women remains significantly lower than the average population.

20.17% of pregnant women have been inoculated with one dose, and only 11.75% are fully vaccinated, according to official figures from the Department of Health.

  • "It's important to get vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent severe diseases and hospitalization"

    Carmen Cabezas · Public Health secretary

In contrast, 66% of the Catalan population has received the first jab, and 52.1% are fully inoculated. No age group from 16 years old onwards reports vaccination rates lower than 50% and 11.9%, respectively. (For more information on the vaccination campaign, check out our graphs, updated daily.)

"Given the current wave, with high contagion rates especially for [younger] age groups, it’s important to get vaccinated as soon as possible to prevent severe diseases and hospitalization," said Catalonia’s Public Health secretary Carmen Cabezas.

The health department is reaching out to pregnant women through calls and text messages, encouraging them to get the jab, and awarding them priority status at vaccination sites so they can avoid waiting in line.

Step-by-step instructions to get vaccinated

To get a Covid-19 vaccine appointment, go to and click on the ‘Accedir-hi’ button at the bottom of the page.

The default option asks you to provide your CIP code. The CIP is a 14-digit code on the front of your CatSalut public healthcare card. It contains four letters (normally, the two first letters of your first and second surname), followed by 10 numbers, which should include your birthday in YY/MM/DD format. 

You can also click on the 'DNI/NIE/PASSAPORT' button on the top of the page and instead provide an alternative ID code.

The other boxes request your phone number, name, first surname, second surname (not compulsory), and email address. Fill them and click on the ‘Acceptar’ button.

You will receive an SMS code consisting of four numbers. Enter the code in the box and click ‘Acceptar’.

There is a list of different vaccination points across Catalonia, including public clinics, cultural centers, and other buildings.

Select a date (the ones in grey are not available) and a time to get the vaccine. Click on ‘Confirmar Cita’.

You will receive an SMS and an email confirming your appointment.


  • A pregnant woman gets a vaccine (by Hospital Vall d'Hebron)

  • A pregnant woman gets a vaccine (by Hospital Vall d'Hebron)