Covid vaccines during pregnancy impact newborns – study — Analysis

The latest research by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that babies born to pregnant mothers who had received the Covid-19 vaccine in their pregnancy will likely have some level of immunity.

Researchers analyzed data from 379 hospitalized infants – 176 suffered from Covid-19 and 203 were admitted for other reasons. All children under 6 months were admitted between January 2022 and July 2021.

The study showed that 61% of hospitalizations were less likely for children whose mothers had been vaccinated in pregnancy. 

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When mothers received their vaccinations at a later stage of their pregnancy (21 to 14 days before giving birth), protection increased by 80%. Babies whose mothers were inoculated during pregnancy earlier experienced a drop of 32% in effectiveness.

Due to the tiny sample size of the study, authors warn people against reading too much.

“Right now we want to ensure that we are protecting both the mom and the infant,” CDC’s Dana Meaney-Delman told reporters. “So, as soon as a pregnant woman is willing to be vaccinated, she should so ahead and do so.”

According to the CDC, pregnant women have a greater chance of suffering from complications caused by Covid-19. This includes risks to their health and preterm or stillbirths. Everyone who plans to have a baby, or is trying to get pregnant, should be up-to date on their Covid shots.

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