The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) "recommends that pregnant people receive the COVID-19 vaccine," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said Friday, citing a new study on the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines.
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.
"As such, CDC recommends that pregnant people receive the Covid-19 vaccine," she added. 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.
Further, the rates of preterm births and miscarriages among the vaccinated people who completed their pregnancies during the study period were similar to those of the general pregnant population, the report said. "Preliminary findings did not show obvious safety signals among pregnant persons who received mRNA Covid-19 vaccines," the researchers said. "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.