Vaccinated Florida Woman Gives Birth to First Known Baby With COVID-19 Antibodies, Doctors Claim

A woman in South Florida recently gave birth to the first known baby born with COVID-19 antibodies after receiving the first does of the Moderna vaccine while being 36 weeks pregnant last January.

According to Doctors Paul Gilbert and Chad Rudnick, the mother, who was a frontline healthcare worker, gave birth to a “vigorous, healthy” girl three weeks after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, then antibodies from the blood of the umbilical cord “were detected… at time of delivery” 

“We have demonstrated that SARS-CoV-2 IgG antibodies are detectable in a newborn’s cord blood sample after only a single dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Thus, there is potential for protection and infection risk reduction from SARS-CoV-2 with maternal vaccination,” the pediatricians wrote in a preprint article, which meant that it has yet to be peer-reviewed.

Gilbert told ABC-affiliated TV station West Palm Beach News and Weather that they tested the blood from the baby to determine if the antibodies were passed from the mother to the baby, which happens with other vaccines given during pregnancy.

“To our knowledge, this was the first in the world that was reported of a baby being born with antibodies after a vaccination,” Gilbert said.

“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 the local TV station.

Rudnick also said that further research is necessary “to determine how long this protection will last.”

“They have to determine at what level of protection or how many antibodies does a baby need to have circulating in order to give them protection,” Rudnick said.

The mother received the second dose of the vaccine after giving birth, following the 28-day vaccination timeline.


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