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Information for women who are of childbearing age

 

Is the vaccine safe for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or currently planning a pregnancy?

Yes, the national guidance is clear that the vaccine is safe for all women of childbearing age, including those planning a pregnancy, currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you're pregnant, or think you might be, you can have the COVID-19 vaccine. You'll be invited when your age group are offered it or earlier if you have a health condition or reason that means you're eligible.

It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This is because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.

You can book your COVID-19 vaccination online. During the booking process, you’ll be asked if you’re pregnant. This is to make sure you’re offered an appointment for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Dr Alice Bird, a Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s, talks about the Covid-19 vaccine and pregnancy in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G9wTksLu8U

You can read more information and advice about this at the link provided below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-women-of-childbearing-age-currently-pregnant-planning-a-pregnancy-or-breastfeeding

 

Is there any truth to rumours that the covid19 vaccine can affect someone’s future fertility?

No, this is a completely untrue rumour, and we would always encourage people to 'check the facts' using official NHS and government information.

The Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and British Fertility Society (BFS) have said that there is absolutely no evidence that the vaccine can affect fertility, and no theoretical reason why it ever might either.

The Covid19 vaccine is designed to help your body learn how to fight a virus that attacks your respiratory system, and has absolutely no connection with the body's reproductive system at all.

 

Can I still have the vaccine if I am planning or undergoing fertility treatment?

Yes. The latest national guidance says that women can receive the vaccine without compromising any planned fertility treatment or pregnancy.

You can read more about this in a statement from The Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and British Fertility Society (BFS) have produced some further advice which you can read here:

https://www.arcscientists.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Covid19-Vaccines-FAQ-1_2-logos.pdf