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Study suggests Moderna and Pfizer vaccines safe during pregnancy


Team Udayavani, Apr 26, 2021, 12:05 PM IST

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Washington: According to a large study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines are safe for use during pregnancy and may also protect the baby from infectious disease.

NPR.org reported CDC Director Rochelle Walensky as saying that CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the Covid-19 vaccine.

For the study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the team evaluated data from more than 35,000 pregnant women who received the mRNA vaccines between December 14 and February 28.

The preliminary findings showed no obvious safety concerns.

“Importantly, no safety concerns were observed for people vaccinated in the third trimester or safety concerns for their babies,” Walensky said.

She further added, “As such, CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the Covid-19 vaccine,”

However, the decision to get vaccinated while pregnant is a “deeply personal” one, said Walensky.

Pregnant individuals reported pain at the injection site more frequently than their nonpregnant counterparts but fewer follow-up symptoms such as headache, chills, muscle pain, and fever.

“However, more longitudinal follow-up, including follow-up of large numbers of women vaccinated earlier in pregnancy, is necessary to inform maternal, pregnancy, and infant outcomes,” they added.

Early clinical trials of the two-dose shots did not include pregnant individuals, limiting data and creating a sense of uncertainty for many.

But, the CDC, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and American Academy of Pediatrics have all previously issued guidance “indicating that Covid-19 vaccines should not be withheld from pregnant persons,” as the study noted.

The report said that the new study did not look at the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

(Written with inputs from Agency)

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