COVID-19 Vaccine - Fertility and Pregnancy Hub
Interview with a Midwife
“Please remember that no vaccine is 100% effective, so it is really important that you continue to practice good hand hygiene and maintain social distancing even after you have had the vaccine.”
The vaccine does not contain any animal or human products and is therefore is suitable for people from all religious faiths.
“The large clinical trials showed that the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, however, it did not include pregnant women, and this is often the case with clinical trials. Therefore this does mean that we have limited information about the effects of COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant women.
“The vaccine does not affect your natural fertility because it does not contain any organisms. Reports that the vaccines cause infertility are misleading.”
“Official guidelines states that there is no difference in the safety or effectiveness in either of the vaccines that we are offering, these are the Pfizer vaccine and the Oxford/ Astra Zeneca vaccine.”
Should I have the vaccine if I want to become pregnant now or in the future?
- The vaccine and its safety in terms of your fertility
- If you should have the vaccine before becoming pregnant
- Having the vaccine if you also have underlying health conditions
- If your age and having the vaccine worries you in terms of becoming pregnant in the future
- If you are currently pregnant and would like to have the vaccine - what stage you can do this
- Your Occupational Risk Assessment if you are pregnant and have the vaccine
- Explaining what the vaccine contains to reassure you about its safety
Can I have the vaccine whilst breastfeeding?
Should I have the vaccine if I am having or considering fertility treatment?
- The safety of the vaccine in relation to male fertility
- Planning the vaccine around fertility treatment
- Advice around your choices if you are over the age of 37
- Q&As on COVID-19 Vaccines in Pregnancy (NHS Video - 7.12)
- Pregnancy and breast feeding: Royal College of Midwifes (RCM) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) guidance on COVID-19 in pregnancy and breastfeeding (page 5 for COVID19 vaccinations)
- Fertility: https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/coronavirus-covid-19-pregnancy-and-womens-health/covid-19-vaccines-and-pregnancy/covid-19-vaccines-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding/