New CDC Study Indicates Vaccination During Pregnancy Protects Infants from COVID Hospitalization

A new study from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy protects infants from hospitalization. Infants whose mothers received two doses of an mRNA coronavirus vaccine, whether Pfizer or Moderna, during pregnancy are less likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19 in the first six months of life.

“The bottom line is that maternal vaccination is a really important way to help protect these young infants,” Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman, chief of the CDC's Infant Outcomes Monitoring Research and Prevention Branch, said at a Feb. 15 news briefing.

Because COVID-19 increases the risk of pregnancy complications, including stillbirth, the CDC recommends women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant be vaccinated against the virus.

In the video below from Vanderbilt Health, Vanderbilt infectious disease experts Dr. Tom Talbot and Dr. Milner Staub dive deeper into why it's important for pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Share this video with your employees and their families.