Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) Antibodies in Neonatal Cord Blood After Vaccination in Pregnancy

Obstet Gynecol. 2021 May 1;137(5):894-896. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000004367.


Background: Studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of currently available vaccines for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) do not include pregnant participants. No data are available to counsel on vaccine safety and potential for neonatal passive immunity.

Case: A 34-year-old multigravid patient working in health care received the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2) mRNA vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 in the third trimester of pregnancy. Uncomplicated spontaneous vaginal delivery of a female neonate with Apgar scores of 9 and 9 occurred at term. The patient's blood as well as neonatal cord blood were evaluated for SARS-CoV-2-specific antibodies. Both the patient and the neonate were positive for antibodies at a titer of 1:25,600.

Conclusion: In this case, passage of transplacental antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 was shown after vaccination in the third trimester of pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Viral / blood*
  • COVID-19 Serological Testing
  • COVID-19 Vaccines*
  • Female
  • Fetal Blood / immunology*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Pregnancy
  • SARS-CoV-2 / immunology*


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • COVID-19 Vaccines