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When should we vaccinate pregnant women against COVID-19 to offer the best protection to infants?
Chief Investigator: Professor Helen Marshall AM
Funding Amount : $90,000
Recipient: The University of Adelaide
Overview: COVID-19 vaccination is recommended for pregnant women at any gestational age to decrease the risks of SARS-CoV-2 infection for both the woman and her baby. Young infants are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease compared to children, but are not eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Therefore, antibodies that pass from the mother to the infant via the placenta and breast milk would be the only protection the infants receive. This study aims to identify the best time to provide a booster dose to pregnant women in order to achieve maximum protection in infants.