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Does my COVID-19 vaccine also protect my baby?

Healthcare workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.

Yolanda Tinajero, MD, OB/GYN explains that the antibodies or defenses created in the pregnant person from the COVID-19 vaccine can be passed on to the baby and serve as protection against COVID-19 infections. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine protects you and your baby.


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What it means is that when someone receives the COVID vaccine during pregnancy, there is a potential that they are passing the defenses or the antibodies to protect the baby against COVID. Certain studies have actually demonstrated that they’ve identified antibodies at the umbilical cord and as well in, during the process of lactation or when they’re breastfeeding their babies.
And this is quite important because even when the baby is born, they’re still not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. But the defenses that are created on the mom when they receive the vaccine, these defenses might actually be able to be passed on to their baby and in that way, serve as protection against the COVID-19 infections.

This information is shared for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. The views expressed are those of the featured medical professional and reflect information available to that professional at time of filming. Always consult a health care provider for any personal health decisions. Click here for vaccine FAQs from the CDC.

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