Should pregnant women be vaccinated against the coronavirus? So far, the RKI has only advised vaccination of pregnant women in exceptional cases. Eleven medical associations are now opposing this and in a joint statement advocating prioritized vaccination for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
The professional associations made the joint decision after reviewing the previous scientific data on the corona vaccinations, writes the German Society for Gynecology and Obstetrics (DGGG). However, the recommendation is only made for mRNA-based vaccines.
A Covid 19 disease during pregnancy can therefore pose a serious risk to mother and child. According to the professional associations, pregnant women are six times more likely to receive intensive care after an infection than non-pregnant women. Treatment with ventilators even had to be used 23 times more often in pregnant women.
Premature birth risk up to 80 percent higher
“The evaluation of the scientific data shows us that vaccination of all pregnant women would be extremely useful. Because the risk of premature birth alone is up to 80 percent higher in women who tested positive for Covid-19 than in healthy pregnant women, “says Prof. Dr. Anton J. Scharl, President of the DGGG. “A Covid-19 vaccination is particularly important for this group because pregnant women who are sick show a higher percentage of serious illnesses than women of the same age who are not pregnant,” warns Dr. Christian Albring, President of the Professional Association of Gynecologists.
4,700 vaccinated pregnant women were observed in a US study. In none of the vaccinated mothers were there any indications of complications in connection with a vaccination, reports the “Informationsdienst Wissenschaft”. Even after the birth, there were no malformations or growth restrictions among the children.
The antibodies produced by the mother can also protect the newborns from infection. “Since it has been proven that antibodies formed by vaccination are transported through breast milk, breastfed newborns are protected by nest immunity,” the professional associations write in their statement. According to the authors, mothers do not have to take a break from breastfeeding after a vaccination has been administered.