Sara Beltran Ponce, MD tweeted on January 28th that she was proud to have just received the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has not been tested on pregnant women, but the physician felt like it was safe for her unborn child.
Per the CDC website, COVID-19 vaccination trials on pregnant women are planned, but so far the vaccine has only been tested on pregnant rats.
- “Limited data are currently available from animal developmental and reproductive toxicity studies. No safety concerns were demonstrated in rats that received Moderna COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy; studies of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are ongoing.”
- “Studies in people who are pregnant are planned.”
- “Both vaccine manufacturers are monitoring people in the clinical trials who became pregnant.”
Seven days after tweeting that she had received the vaccine, Beltran Ponce tweeted that she had lost her 14 1/2 week old child in the womb, who she and her husband named Eva. The doctor didn’t blame the vaccine, at least not in her tweets, but she immediately locked her Twitter account to the public.
Despite no data to support the notion that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe for pregnant women, the CDC does not discourage pregnant women from receiving the vaccine. The wording on the CDC website reminds women of the threat of COVID-19 illness without any warnings regarding the vaccine. There are also no data or warnings issued for breastfeeding mothers.
“Based on what we know at this time, pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and death, compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, pregnant people with COVID-19 might be at increased risk for other adverse outcomes, such as preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks).”
The CDC and the media have plenty of reasons why people, including pregnant women, should be vaccinated, but they don’t have much data to assert those claims.