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Study shows vaccine is safe for pregnant women, antibodies passed on to baby

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Are you pregnant and wondering if you should get the COVID-19 vaccine? 

The CDC says it is unlikely the vaccine will pose risk for women who are pregnant. Additionally, a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology says it’s safe. 

It also says side effects are rare for the mother or their newborn baby. Better yet, the vaccine antibodies get passed on to the baby.  

Jodi Mack is set to deliver her new born baby boy next week.  

“Our oldest is a boy, then we have three girls, then our youngest will be a boy, so we call them the book end boys,” Mack said.  

She says she’s been counting the days until she could get vaccinated so she could feel safe before she delivers her baby. 

"They opened it up a few weeks ago for pregnant women, as soon as I saw I made an appointment,” Mack said. "Obviously we consulted the OBs and the pediatricians, we knew we wanted to get it if we could.” 

She says she got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine about two weeks ago. 

Dr. Todd Rumsey is an OB-GYN at Cameron Hospital, he says he recommends vaccines to his patients.  

“All professional medical organizations recommend pregnant women get vaccinated,” He said. “There’s no proven ill effects on fetus or fertility and babies are now being born with antibodies thanks to mom being vaccinated during pregnancy.” 

Mack says she feels better knowing both she and her baby will be protected. 

"Anything we can get to the baby is better than what the baby is going to be allowed, because who knows if or when they’ll get a vaccination for an infant,” She said. "We wanted to protect him as much as we can beforehand because we don’t know what it’s going to be like after he’s born.” 

If you are pregnant and decide to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the CDC has a smartphone-based tool called “v-safe” that uses surveys to help women monitor their health after vaccination.  

You can find that link here. 

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Karli VanCleave

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