NBC: Babies get Covid protection from mothers vaccinated during pregnancy, CDC says
Recently the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that pregnant mothers who receive COVID-19 vaccines can pass on immunity to their newborns. CDC’s Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman suggest that babies 6 months old or younger are 61 percent less likely to be hospitalized due to Covid. This finding is especially important since vaccines for infants are still a ways off, making vaccination during pregnancy one of the only ways to provide these newborns with protection. Covid antibodies have been found in the umbilical cord blood, which indicates that the antibodies have transferred from the mother to the infant. Vaccines for other illnesses such as the flu shot and whooping cough have also been demonstrated to safely cross the placenta and give newborns protection. The CDC did not evaluate the effectiveness of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the booster shots. For more information on the benefits of vaccination during pregnancy, click here. For more information on COVID-19 and vaccines, click here.