Report from Tribunnews.com Journalist, Alivio
TRIBUNNEWS.COM, JAKARTA – According to research published by Obstetrics & Gynecology, Covid-19 vaccines such as Pfizer-BioNtech or Moderna are believed to not only provide protection for pregnant women, but also the babies they are carrying.
Launching from Medical Express, the researchers analyzed 122 pregnant mother who had received the vaccine, also analyzed umbilical cord blood in newborns.
It is said, as much as 99 percent antibody available in the baby’s umbilical cord blood, when the mother receives the second dose of vaccine. As much as 44 percent antibody of those whose mothers received the first dose.
“Receiving two doses of the vaccine before delivery will increase the antibody in the baby,” said New York City director of the Weill Cornel Medicine labor association, dr. Malavika Prabhu, quoted by Tribunnews, Tuesday (4/5/2021).
He added, the findings of this study are happy news for pregnant mothers to protect their babies from exposure to the Covid-19 virus.
While antibodies are transferred to the baby through the placenta, it is started after 16 days of receiving the first dose.
If the level gets higher antibody on pregnant mother, then the higher the level antibody for babies. In addition, the longer the vaccination, the bigger the mother and baby will have antibody that can be detected.
“This study suggests that pregnant women should not delay vaccination, especially for the second dose,” said assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, Dr. Yawei Jenny Yang.
Although level antibody it is not yet known how long it lasts for pregnant mother who are pregnant, but experts believe there is a need for alternative protections such as maintaining hygiene, washing hands, keeping distance, and using masks.
“For now, the safest way to protect against Covid-19 is to maintain cleanliness, wash hands, maintain distance, and use masks,” concluded dr. Malavika Prabhu.