This past week the CDC released a report that found the coronavirus vaccines do not increase the risk of birth defects or miscarriages. The study was done on a total of 1,613 pregnant women who were all inoculated with the coronavirus vaccine. The majority of those in the study (70%) were vaccinated during their third trimester. Of those in the study, the children born were not found to have rates of birth defects inconsistent with the data from birth defect surveillance done in the United States. The study corroborates the CDC’s recommendation that anyone over the age of 12 receive the vaccine, even if they are pregnant. Importantly, the CDC notes that pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 infection compared to non-pregnant individuals. Read the CDC report and read The Hill’s article here.