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Questions for women who pregnant or receiving fertility treatment

 

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

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 should have the COVID-19 vaccine and booster to help protect yourself and your baby. 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.

Dr Alice Bird, Consultant Obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital explains more about the Covid-19 vaccine and why it is safe to have during pregnancy in this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G9wTksLu8U

You can also find more information from Liverpool Women' Hospital here.

 

Which vaccine will I be given when pregnant or breastfeeding?

Both the Pfizer (also sometimes known by its brand name Comirnaty) or Moderna vaccine (also sometimes referred to as Spikevax) can be given during pregnancy, and Pfizer (Comirnaty) can be given during breastfeeding too.

There is now a large amount of information available from pregnant women across the UK (and globally) who have already been safely vaccinated during their second and third trimester, and have not seen any negative effects on their pregnancy or their newborn baby. No change to the risk of miscarriage has been seen either.

 

 

Where can pregnant women get vaccinated?

Covid vaccination clinics are now available at Liverpool Women's Hospital

Time: Clinics are open from 9am, on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays. 

At: Antenatal Clinic, Liverpool Women's Hospital

Book: Call 0151 702 4328 to make an appointment (select option 2 Antenatal). Booking lines will be monitored Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm.

(Please note: these are not drop- in clinics, you will call to arrange an appointment).

 

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 Covid-19 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