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COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy

COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients and healthcare providers have expressed concern about the impact of this virus on maternal and fetal outcomes. Statistics and recommendations related to this virus continue to evolve. With the development of COVID-19 vaccines, patients and providers now want to better understand the impact of the vaccine (if any) on pregnancy outcomes. A large Norwegian study recently looked at the impact of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. The following are the findings:

COVID-19 Vaccination During Pregnancy

The new study included over 21,000 live-born infants, 45% of whom were born to women who received a second or third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy. Infants whose mothers were vaccinated during pregnancy had a 33% lower risk of testing positive for COVID-19 during the first four months compared to infants born to unvaccinated mothers.  These results suggest that maternal COVID-19 vaccination may provide passive immunity to newborn infants.

Current and emerging scientific evidence continues to demonstrate that COVID-19 vaccination is safe and effective prior to and during pregnancy. These findings underscore the safety and importance of vaccination for patients who desire pregnancy, as recommended by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM).

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