Two studies published Wednesday show Covid-19 vaccines do not increase the risk of miscarriage for pregnant women.
A team at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied data from the agency’s v-safe vaccine safety reporting program covering more than 2,000 pregnant women who got vaccinated. They found no higher risk among these women than for pregnant women in general. Miscarriages are common – between 11% and 22% of all recognized pregnancies end in miscarriages before 20 weeks of gestation, they said. This rate did not go up among vaccinated women, they found.
“These findings add to the accumulating evidence about the safety of mRNA Covid-19 vaccination in pregnancy,” Lauren Zauche of the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities wrote in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine.
In a second letter to the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Elyse Kharbanda of HealthPartners Institute in Minneapolis and colleagues said they looked at different CDC data and came to the same conclusion – Covid-19 vaccines do not raise the risk of miscarriage.
They looked at data from eight health systems across the US covering 105,000 pregnancies through June. Those women who suffered miscarriages were no more likely to have been vaccinated, they found. The findings were the same whether women got Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccine. Too few pregnant women got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be able to assess the risk, they said.
The CDC has urged pregnant people to get vaccinated.
According to Mississippi’s department of health data,18,825 students and 3,616 employees have tested positive for Covid-19 since schools began in August.
At least 2,869 students and 476 employees tested positive for the virus between Aug. 30 and Sept. 3, according to the health department.
Quarantine numbers that had been skyrocketing have finally begun a slight downward trend. Health data from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3 shows there have been 15,398 students in Mississippi that have had to quarantine due to potential Covid-19 exposures. At least 23,450 students were quarantined from Aug. 23 to 27, though school reporting numbers and school openings were impacted due to Hurricane Ida.
Note: The case data comes from 72 out of 82 Mississippi counties that submitted reporting.
The pace of new Covid-19 vaccinations in the US is ticking down, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The current pace of vaccinations (seven-day average) shows 356,662 people initiating vaccination each day, the latest data shows. This is an 18% drop from last week and a 26% drop from a month earlier.
An average of 810,715 doses are being administered each day.
Here’s more of the latest data on vaccination efforts in the United States, published Wednesday by the CDC:
- Fully vaccinated: 53.3% of the total US population (all ages)
- Not vaccinated: 26.7% of the eligible population (12+)
- About 1.5 million people have received an additional dose – or booster – since Aug. 13
- 25states have fully vaccinated more than half of their residents: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, as well as Washington, DC.