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Pregnant women who receive Covid vaccine ‘pass antibodies to their babies in utero’


Pregnant women who receive a Covid vaccine pass virus-fighting antibodies to their babies in utero

  • Research has shown that vaccinated pregnant women pass on Covid antibodies
  • New York University researchers studied 36 women who had mRNA vaccines
  • All babies had antibodies that protected them from the coronavirus

Pregnant women who have a Covid vaccine pass their protection on to their unborn babies, a study has suggested.

New York University researchers took blood samples from 36 babies delivered by mothers who had received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

The results showed that they all had antibodies against the coronavirus. Mothers in the second half of their pregnancies had the highest blood antibody levels in their umbilical cords, the study found.

Experts said the results weren’t surprising because it happens with other stings.

But they insisted that findings prove vaccines have the “power to protect two lives at once by preventing serious illness in both mothers and babies.”

dr. Ashley Roman, an obstetrician at NYU and one of the lead authors, said, “If babies could be born with antibodies, it could protect them in the early months of life, when they’re most vulnerable.”

Children are at a small risk of becoming seriously ill from Covid, according to a plethora of studies since the start of the pandemic. But the risk is slightly higher in babies, who have weaker immune systems.

But data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that pregnant women in Britain are still hesitant to get a shot, with only 10 percent coming forward for an appointment at the end of July – the most recent date data is available for.

This is despite the fact that women have been eligible for the vaccine along with the rest of their age group since April.

Pregnant women who have had Covid vaccine give high levels of antibodies to their children, a New York University study has suggested

Are Covid Vaccines Safe for Pregnant Women and How Many Have Had a Shot?

How many pregnant women have had a Covid vaccine?

Data from Public Health England (PHE) shows that pregnant women in Britain are still hesitant to get a shot, with only 10 percent coming forward for an appointment at the end of July – the most recent date data is available for.

About 51,724 pregnant women in England had received at least one dose, while 20,648 women received two.

Are there any risks to the mother or baby from taking a shot?

New. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises all pregnant women to accept the offer of a Covid vaccine.

All major studies show that pregnant women are just as safe as the non-pregnant population when it comes to the jab.

And there is no evidence that the vaccines have any negative effects on unborn children, with no birth defects or stillbirths after inoculation.

Earlier this year, there was little data on safety in pregnant women, meaning they weren’t added to the list of people allowed to have a shot in the UK until April.

The JCVI decided to wait for US data to trickle in before calling.

In early April, that data came in the form of a large study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It had tracked the condition of more than 90,000 pregnant women who had received a vaccine, the majority of them in their third trimester.

The CDC was able to report that there were no security concerns.

Since then, the number of pregnant American women who have had a vaccine has risen to more than 105,000. However, finer data released from that study raised new concerns.

The CDC closely monitored more than 800 participants. Of that group, 712 had a live birth, while 115 suffered a pregnancy loss.

The numbers are slightly higher in the US, where 23 percent of pregnant mothers are vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC).

All studies to date have suggested that mRNA vaccines, such as Pfizer and Moderna, are safe for pregnant women, with no evidence behind claims that they cause stillbirths or defects.

The latest NYU study is published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology – Maternal Fetal Medicine.

Despite the small sample size, “it is encouraging that neonatal antibody levels are high when women are vaccinated,” said lead author Dr. Jennifer Lighter.

She said: ‘High levels of transplacental antibody transfer are not surprising. It corresponds to what we see with other vaccinations.

“Our findings add to a growing list of important reasons why women should be advised to receive the Covid vaccine during pregnancy, with the added benefit of giving their newborn critical protection.”

It comes amid concerted pressure from health chiefs to encourage pregnant women to come forward for a jab.

Serious illness due to Covid is uncommon in pregnant women but is more likely in the third trimester.

Pregnant women who do get sick with the virus are two to three times more likely to give birth prematurely, some studies have shown.

Women in the UK are advised to get the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as these vaccines have been given to more than 130,000 pregnant women in the US and the data does not raise any safety concerns.

dr. Mary Ramsay, head of immunization at PHE, said: ‘It is encouraging that thousands of pregnant women have received a Covid vaccine.

“We urge anyone who has not yet responded to receive both doses as soon as possible and urge pregnant women to sign up for their second dose eight weeks after their first dose.”

dr. Edward Morris, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said: ‘We are encouraged to see that more than 50,000 pregnant women in England have received one dose of a Covid vaccine.

‘We recommend vaccination during pregnancy as it is the most effective way to protect women and their babies from serious illness and premature birth.

“We are concerned that the increasing number of Covid infections will adversely affect pregnant women.”



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