COVID vaccines saved the lives and health of countless babies by preventing their premature births, a new study shows.
COVID-19 initially caused an alarming surge in premature birth rates, but those returned to pre-pandemic levels following the introduction of vaccines, researchers found.
These findings should help allay vaccine hesitancy among pregnant women, said researcher Jenna Nobles, a professor of sociology with the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“The results here are compelling evidence that what will actually harm the fetus is not getting vaccinated. That’s a message practitioners can share with concerned patients,” Nobles said in a university news release.