Infants younger than 6 months are 61 percent less likely to be hospitalized from Covid if their mothers got vaccinated while pregnant, CDC data shows.
Expectant mothers who get a Covid-19 vaccine while pregnant pass immune protection on to their newborns, findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed Tuesday.
The chances that a baby 6 months old or younger is hospitalized due to Covid are 61 percent lower if the mother received two shots of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine while pregnant, the CDC’s Dr. Dana Meaney-Delman said.
Researchers studied newborns at 20 pediatric hospitals across 17 states from July 1, 2021, through Jan. 17.
The results showed that 84 percent of the babies hospitalized with Covid had been born to unvaccinated mothers. The study included 43 infants admitted to an ICU with Covid, and found that 88 percent of them had mothers who did not get vaccinated before giving birth.
“The bottom line is that maternal vaccination is a really important way to help protect these young ones,” Meaney-Delman told reporters.
That’s especially important, she added, given that shots for this young cohort are still a ways off.