No link between COVID-19 vaccination and preterm births or stillbirths: study – CTV

Aug. 29, 2022

There is no link between COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy and a higher risk of preterm birth or stillbirth, according to a new Ottawa-based study.

The population-based study led by the CHEO Research Institute, published in The BMJ, sheds new light on the risks and benefits of COVID-19

“Our study found no evidence of increased risk of preterm birth, very preterm birth, small-for-gestational-age at birth, or stillbirth following COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy,” lead author Dr. Deshayne Fell, scientists at the CHEO Research Institute and associate professor at the University of Ottawa, said in a news release.

“The results of this study provide further evidence for care providers and pregnant people about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy.”

Researchers looked at more than 85,000 births between May 1 and Dec. 31, 2021, using the provincial birth registry based out of CHEO. They linked that information to the province’s COVID-19 immunization database.

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