No increased risk of miscarriage due to COVID-19 vaccines or other safety concerns for pregnant women or their babies
“920 women lose their unborn babies after being vaccinated”
Inadequate support: Reports from the American VAERS database do not establish a causal link between a result and a vaccine. Therefore, these reports cannot be used as proof that a vaccine is responsible for a miscarriage.
Non supported: No source provided for claim COVID-19 vaccines caused 920 miscarriages in UK
Misleading: Health authorities use passive reporting systems, such as VAERS, to find and study patterns of adverse events in people after vaccination. The CDC has additional systems to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant people. So far, these systems have not identified any security issues.
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Pregnant women have an increased risk of serious illness or death from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant women. As a result, pregnant women are included in priority vaccination lists in several countries, such as Belgium and Israel. Although COVID-19 vaccines have not been tested on pregnant people in clinical trials, preliminary results from research and ongoing monitoring of people who have received COVID-19 vaccines have not identified any safety concerns. for pregnant people or their babies.
FULL CLAIM: “920 women lose their unborn babies after being vaccinated”; “571 miscarriages following Covid vax which have been reported in the USA”
On Monday, June 7, 2021, the State of São Paulo in Brazil began vaccinating all pregnant women aged 18 and over against COVID-19. Pregnant women have been added to priority immunization lists in a number of other countries, including Belgium and Israel.
Pregnant women are considered a priority group for vaccinations in some countries because they are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analyzed reports of more than 400,000 symptomatic and laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in women between January 2020 and October 2020; 5.7% of the women in the study were pregnant. The CDC found that pregnant women were much more likely to be admitted to an intensive care unit, receive invasive ventilation, and die than non-pregnant women.
Clinical trials typically exclude pregnant people from participation, so during the first few months of the COVID-19 vaccination, there was a lack of clinical data for this group. That meant the vaccines weren’t initially recommended for pregnant women, although the CDC said they could make the personal choice to get the shot. However, following preliminary results from a study of more than 3,900 pregnant women published in late April 2021, which found that COVID-19 mRNA vaccines did not pose any obvious safety concerns, the CDC began to recommend vaccines for pregnant women.. Other countries, like the UK, have given pregnant women the green light to get vaccinated at around the same time.
These study results showed that COVID-19 vaccines pose no obvious safety concerns for pregnant women, but several people have claimed that COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for hundreds of miscarriages in the UK and states. -United. In June 2021, Shannon Kroner, a clinical psychologist, claimed that 920 women in the UK and 571 others in the US lost “their unborn babies after being vaccinated.” (See a screenshot of Shannon Kroner’s deceptive Instagram post)
Kroner’s post includes a screenshot of the title of an article posted on True defender, a website that has promoted conspiracy theories and pseudoscience, and has a history of low credibility. The article does not include a source for the 920 miscarriages they say have occurred in the UK In the UK, individuals can report suspected side effects of COVID-19 vaccines on the website of the yellow card. In a yellow card report of suspected adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines between December 2020 and May 26, 2021, there were 70 reports of spontaneous abortions, not the 920 claimed by Kroner and True defender. These 70 reports have also not been confirmed as the result of the COVID-19 vaccination. As the yellow card indicates, reporting an adverse reaction “does not necessarily mean that it was caused by the vaccine, only that the reporter has a suspicion that he may have”.
The article also claims that 395 miscarriages – not the 571 miscarriages listed in Kroner’s Instagram post – occurred in the United States. individuals to send reports, maintained by the CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration.
As the VAERS website explains, it is “not designed to determine whether a vaccine has caused a health problem,” but rather functions as a warning system to detect unusual patterns of adverse events that may indicate a safety issue with a vaccine. Reports on VAERS are not confirmed and cannot be used as evidence of a causal link between an adverse event and vaccines, as explained in more detail in a precedent. Health comments review of complaints.
No source is provided for the claim in the True defender article according to which 920 miscarriages have occurred in UK after vaccination of pregnant women. In fact, reports of miscarriages in the yellow card system found only 70 suspected adverse reactions. Kroner’s article and Instagram post misinterpret VAERS data to suggest COVID-19 vaccines caused 395 miscarriages in the United States
Beyond VAERS, the CDC has a number of additional systems to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy. According to the CDC, so far, initial data from these systems has identified “no safety concerns for pregnant people who have been vaccinated or for their babies.”