Approved coronavirus mRNA vaccines (Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna) are “safe and effective” for pregnant women, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
This is the first time that the CDC is so strongly in favor of vaccination of pregnant women that, for its part, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has already done. So far in the United States, despite encouraging results, only 23% of pregnant women aged 20 to 49 have been vaccinated with at least one dose, and the CDC wants to increase this figure.
There is no evidence that vaccines increase a woman’s risk of miscarriage or affect a woman’s fertility, which is why the CDC recommends vaccination. Given that Covid-19 itself increases the risk of premature birth and potentially dangerous complications, according to a new study in the United States.
CDC data on nearly 2,500 vaccinated pregnant women show that vaccines reduce a pregnant woman’s risk of contracting coronavirus and also create antibodies that can protect even a baby.
“The CDC is urging all pregnant women, as well as those who intend to become pregnant or breastfeeding, to get vaccinated to protect themselves from Covid-19,” said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Wallensky, according to the Times.
At the same time, a large study of nearly 870,000 women (of which about 2% were positive for Covid-19), published in the American medical journal JAMA Network Open by researchers from the University of California, Irvine, shows that infection with coronavirus during pregnancy increases the likelihood of premature birth is about 40%, while pregnant women are also twice as likely to get severe Covid-19. The disease significantly increases the risk of hospitalization in intensive care units, intubation and death during childbirth, although the likelihood of this remains relatively low.
The CDC encourages pregnant women to get both doses of the vaccine. According to the Center, pregnant women do not report more different, usually mild and short-lived, side effects than the general population.