COVID-19 Vaccines Safe for Pregnant Women: Study

A new study adds to growing evidence that the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are safe for pregnant women.

It included more than 35,000 pregnant women in the U.S. who received either of the vaccines, and found that their rates of miscarriage, premature birth and other complications were similar to those in pregnant women before the pandemic, the Associated Press reported.

The preliminary results from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers were published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The researchers did not assess the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which wasn't approved in the U.S. at the time of the study.

In related news, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has endorsed COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy, the AP reported.

''Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective," the society said in a statement.

Dr. Laura Riley, ob-gyn chair at New York's Weill Cornell Medicine, called the new results reassuring.

''It is great to have data to share with our patients who continue to weigh the risks and benefits of vaccination," she told the AP. "They know the potential complications of COVID infection in pregnancy and now there is some safety data in human pregnancies."

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