COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy appears to be safe, CDC study

 A newly released federal study boosts evidence that it is safe for pregnant women to take the COVID-19 vaccine, but more research is needed, according to the authors.

The study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included information on over 35,000 pregnant US women who received either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines between last December and February.

It also included pregnancy complication reports from nearly 4,000 women enrolled in a US vaccine safety registry.

The pregnancy complications rates from the women in the registry were comparable to pre-pandemic levels, according to the study.

Of the nearly 4,000 pregnant women in the registry, about 13 percent reported miscarriages, 9 percent premature births, 2 percent birth defects and less than 1 percent stillbirths.

The study authors said continued monitoring and additional evidence is needed, including on women who get the vaccine in the early stages of pregnancy.

None of the women involved received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was not yet publicly available at the time the study began.

According to the study, the pregnancy complications from the participants were similar to pre-pandemic levels. 

The study, which was published Wednesday in New England Journal of Medicine, came out a day after the American Society for Reproductive Medicine endorsed vaccinations while pregnant.

’’Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective,” the society said in a statement.(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)


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