COVID-19 Vaccine Pregnancy Study Again Used to Misrepresent Vaccine Risk

The founder of a group of doctors known to spread misinformation about COVID-19 is using a minor correction to a June New England Journal of Medicine article to spread misinformation about vaccine safety during pregnancy. The corrections amounted to clarifying language and updating the risk of miscarriage to include people who were vaccinated during their first trimester, most of whom had not yet completed their pregnancies at the time of the article’s publishing. The corrections do not change the overall results or conclusion of the study, which found no safety concerns related to vaccination during pregnancy. Several more recent studies have confirmed that vaccination during pregnancy is safe, including a study of more than 17,000 people who were pregnant, planning to get pregnant, or nursing.

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