COVID Vaccine Safe For Pregnant People, Per International Evidence
International evidence points to the safety of the COVID vaccine for pregnant women. As such, with the on not only this topic but the efficacy of the vaccine, expecting women should be feeling secure when it comes to versus remaining unprotected against the .
To this point, Australia is the latest country to add pregnant women of all ages to the priority phase of their Pfizer vaccine rollout. This was done after the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization and "peak medical body for Australian obstetricians and gynecologists" put out a joint statement recommending that not only pregnant women but those who are breastfeeding should get vaccinated, according to .
The reasoning behind the Australian health officials and those from other countries, including the United States is because pregnant women and their unborn babies are at a much higher risk of having severe COVID symptoms if infected.
While it is unclear at this point how long the antibodies last in the baby's body after he is born, it is more protection than babies who are born to unvaccinated mothers have. And because they have an immature immune system until at least three months of age, according to the , the risk is very real that newborn babies could contract COVID.
The change of heart with recommending the vaccine in Australia as well as in other countries that were initially hesitant to recommend the vaccine to pregnant women is the various studies that have been conducted in the United States and Israel, specifically, according to The Conversation, that has had larger study groups with which to draw conclusions from.
In a study published in the in June, of the nearly 830 participants, there were not any noted of the women who were administered the vaccine.
Further still, when it came to pregnancy complications, including preterm births, low birth weight, and more, all came back at the same percentages "reported in studies involving pregnant women that were conducted before the Covid-19 pandemic," per the .
In another study published in July in the journal, , researchers compiled a pool of over 7,500 participants who were vaccinated and pregnant as well as over 7,500 participants who were pregnant and unvaccinated to conduct a retrospective study.
Again, according to the , "There were no notable differences between the vaccinated and unvaccinated groups regarding preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, infant birth weight, abortions, stillbirth, maternal death, or pulmonary embolism."
While the studies are out there that show the vaccine is safe for pregnant women to get, there is still hesitation on the part of those who are expecting because they feel there is "not enough evidence" to ensure the safety of themselves or their unborn babies, according to The Conversation.
As such, more pregnant women than not are willing to take the risk of contracting COVID, which comes with the increased risk of "death, preterm birth, preeclampsia, intubation, and admission to an intensive care unit," according to .
Unfortunately, until more and studies are conducted that can replicate the results of those that have already been published that show there are benefits, not risks when it comes to being vaccinated while pregnant, women will continue to be in a high-risk category while expecting in regards to the coronavirus.
Hopefully, with several that are ongoing now, including one from Pfizer itself, fears can be assuaged and more pregnant women will be willing to vaccinate themselves to keep both themselves and their babies as safe as possible during pregnancy.
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