CLAIM: issued a correction this month that reversed its earlier statements. The newspaper now admits that the COVID-19 vaccine may not be safe for pregnant women.
FACTS: The medical journal did not “backtrack” or suggest that COVID-19 vaccines could be dangerous for pregnant women, as vaccine critics falsely claimed on social media.
The online posts twist the September 8 diary’s correction, which dealt with an update to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, yet still come to the same conclusion: that the vaccines were not found to be harmful to pregnant women.
The CDC updated an original report on vaccines in pregnant people “to resolve an issue with how the risk calculation was performed,” according to Jennifer Zeis, director of communications and media relations for the group. NEJM.
The CDC’s initial report, published online in April and printed in June, included only a small portion of those who had been vaccinated early in pregnancy. An accompanying editorial, based on this incomplete information, included an estimate of the risk of miscarriage before 20 weeks gestation and indicated that the risk was within the expected range for the entire pregnant population.
The correction of the NEJM removed this wording, as well as the risk estimate. On the same day, the journal published a research letter from the CDC containing additional data and estimating that the risk of miscarriage in people vaccinated early in their pregnancy ranged from 14% to 19%, which the authors said. was “within the expected risk range” for pregnant women in general.
March of Dimes statistics show 10-15% of people who know they are pregnant miscarry, but the nonprofit says up to half of pregnancies could end in pregnancy. miscarriage. The exact number is not known, as some people lose their pregnancies before they realize they are pregnant.
The CDC data on which the NEJM’s findings were based included people who only realized they were pregnant after being vaccinated. On August 11, the CDC urged all pregnant people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect themselves and their children. Major obstetrician groups have also recommended vaccines for pregnant women, who face a high risk of serious illness if they are infected with the coronavirus.