(Meredith) – The first baby born with COVID-19 antibodies was born in late January near West Palm Beach, Florida, three weeks after her mother received the vaccine.
An unidentified healthcare worker was 36 weeks pregnant when she was given the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The baby girl was born three weeks later, and a sample of her blood was taken.
According to pediatrician Paul Gilbert, the baby’s blood was tested to see if COVID-19 antibodies in the mother had passed to the baby, which is something that is seen often with other vaccines given during pregnancy.
The test results showed the baby had the COVID-19 antibodies.
“To our knowledge, this was the first [case] in the world that was reported of a baby being born with antibodies after [the mother’s] vaccination,” Gilbert told WPBF.
Pediatrician Chad Rudnick said this discovery is significant in the fight to protect children from COVID-19.
“This is one small case in what will be thousands and thousands of babies born to mothers who have been vaccinated over the next several months,” Rudnick told WPBF.
The pediatricians’ medical paper on this topic has been accepted for publication. But the doctors said further studies will have to determine how long these COVID-19 antibodies in newborns will provide protection.
Scientists are still learning about how the COVID-19 vaccines interact with pregnant women. Some pharmaceutical companies have started to include pregnant women in their studies of the vaccine.
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