Is Covid Vaccination safe for infants?


Protection against SARS-Cov-2 for infants through pregnancy COVID-19 vaccination

Receiving a second or third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during the final stages of pregnancy offers protection against SARS-Cov-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 illness) infection among infants, suggests new research based on evidence.

It is one of the only two studies published which infers a reduction in the infection risk for COVID-19 risk in infants, given that their mother was vaccinated during pregnancy, during the first four months. Dr. Deshayne Fell who is the co-author of the study published in JAMA Internal Medicine conducted this register-based cohort study between September 1, 2021 and Feb 28, 2022 in Norway of all live-born infants.

Dr. Fell says since the young infants-age group is not allocated an approved COVID-19 vaccine, they are higher risk relatively than the older children who is a Scientist at the CHEO Research Institute and Associate Professor in the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. Young infants are also protected from imminent SARS-Cov-2 infection if their mothers receive complete vaccination again COVID-19 during their pregnancy, he adds.

Studying 21,643 newborns out of which 45% (9739) had mothers who received a third dose or at least a second dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine during the final two trimesters of pregnancy. A lower incidence of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection was noticed among infants of the mothers who were vaccinated during their pregnancy in relation to the babies of mothers who were unvaccinated. The period dominated by the Delta variant (before January 1, 2022) had greater vaccine effectiveness against infant infection during pregnancy in comparison to the Omicron period (beginning from January 1, 2022)

Dr. Fell says that after observing protection against pertussis and influenza among infants after vaccination during pregnancy it is not surprising that reduced infant infection was witnessed among infants during COVID-19 pregnancy vaccination. It is also notable that Dr. Fell’s recent study was how getting a COVID-19 vaccine during pregnancy doesn’t impart additional complications during childbirth, that was published in JAMA.

In order to reduce the risk of severity of the COVID-19, pregnant women are advised to receive COVID-19 vaccination. For the first few months after birth, the newborns are protected through the vaccination during pregnancy suggests the study.

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