Study finds improved pregnancy outcomes among vaccinated women

A multicentre study led by Associate Professor Lisa Hui has found that COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy is not associated with any adverse effects on fetal growth or development, and is associated with better pregnancy outcomes including lower rates of stillbirth, pre-term birth, and neonatal intensive care.

As the first large-scale analysis of vaccine safety among pregnant women in Australia, the study provides reassuring and reliable information that can increase vaccine uptake and, in turn, improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes.

With the study revealing significant disparities in vaccine coverage based on sociodemographic factors such as income and location, it is hoped the findings can be used to strengthen public health messaging in under-served communities.

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