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Do COVID-19 vaccine antibodies pass to the baby during pregnancy?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Eva Goodfriend-Reaño, Certified Nurse Midwife explains that the antibodies or defenses provided by the COVID-19 vaccine pass through the placenta to the baby. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.

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We know that when pregnant people get the COVID vaccine during pregnancy, those protections pass through the placenta to the baby in a significant way that babies are born with antibodies protection against COVID. So, it means that newborn babies that are born to pregnant people that get the vaccine are protected when they’re born with some amount of antibodies.

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