Babies Better Protected From COVID if Mother Vaccinated During Pregnancy!
In a first of its kind study, researchers found women who received two mRNA COVID vaccine doses during pregnancy were 61% less likely to have a baby hospitalized for COVID-19 during the first 6 months of life. In addition, two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna COVID vaccine later in a pregnancy were linked to an even higher level of protection, 80%, compared with 32% when given before 20 weeks' gestation. This finding suggests a greater transfer of maternal antibodies closer to birth, but more research is needed, cautioned senior study author Manish Patel, MD, during a Tuesday media telebriefing held by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unanswered questions include how the babies got infected or if there is any protection afforded to babies for women vaccinated before pregnancy.
@natasha Now there is evidence for a potential benefit to babies as well when a pregnant woman gets vaccinated. The study provides real-world evidence that getting COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy might help protect infants less than 6 months of age. These findings continue to emphasize the importance of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy to protect people who are pregnant and also to protect their babies.