On Tuesday, the US Government released a study that found that COVID-19 vaccines taken during pregnancy can protect babies after they’re born and lead to fewer hospitalized infants.
During a briefing regarding the first-ever study showing potential benefits to infants born to people who received two doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines during pregnancy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers said, “Until this study, we have not yet had data to demonstrate whether these antibodies might provide protection for the baby against COVID-19.”
It was earlier already known that antibodies developed by COVID-19 vaccines transfer to the fetus through the umbilical cord. How that might affect infants after birth was uncertain.
The study provides “another important piece of the puzzle,’’ said Dr. Denise Jamieson, OB-GYN chair at Emory University, who called it important news for babies who are too young to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. While shots are being studied for older infants and toddlers, none are on the horizon for infants younger than 6 months.
“It’s not surprising, but very reassuring,’’ Jamieson said.
The results offer yet another reason for pregnant people to get vaccinated, the researchers said. About two-thirds of pregnant people in the United States are fully vaccinated; most got the shots before pregnancy, CDC data show.