COVID-19 pregnant people vaccine statistics: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

"I refer to the tweet sent out by @ScotGov tonight which stated that 'Over 55,000 pregnant people in England & Scotland have had the #coronavirus vaccine.'

1. Please provide the breakdown in terms of sex not gender.

2. How many females have had the coronavirus vaccine in England and Scotland?

3. Is the figure also over 55,000?

4. Please advise who, when and why a decision was made to use the phrase 'pregnant people'?"


1. The figure of 55,000 includes combined England and Scotland data. We do not hold the England data. However, the Scotland element of the 55,000 is 4,000 participants which is taken from the COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) study, co-led by Public Health Scotland (PHS) and the University of Edinburgh. Further information on the study can be found here: COVID-19 in Pregnancy in Scotland (COPS) | The University of Edinburgh. The study describes its participants as 'pregnant women'. As this data was published recently by PHS, the information you requested may be held by PHS. I would therefore direct you to contact them for this information. You can do so at the following link:

Alternatively, you can write to: Corporate FOI team, Public Health Scotland, Gyle Square, South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9EB, or email

2 & 3. We do not hold the England data but for Scotland, breakdown by sex of those individuals who have had the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here: COVID-19 Daily Dashboard | Tableau Public.

4) The tweet was cleared by Scottish Government Policy and Communications officials in the usual way.

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