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Published on April 22, 2021

The COVID-19 Vaccine, Pregnancy and Fertility: Get the Facts From Carolyn Harraway-Smith, MD

Is the COVID-19 vaccine safe for expecting mothers and their babies? Could it have a negative impact on my fertility, harming my future chances of starting or growing a family? Get answers to these questions and more in this video from Carolyn Harraway-Smith, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Women’s Services at Cone Health.

“I believe that our role as physicians is to educate. So we educate with all the information that we have, and then allow patients to make the decision. So I talk to them about the safety of the vaccine. I talk to them about the safety, not only for them, but for their developing fetus. And then we have a shared conversation about that. And then ultimately, the patient makes a decision.”

Is the vaccine safe for women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant?

“I think it's important for women to understand that the vaccine is safe. We have no evidence that the vaccine creates a problem in or outside of pregnancy.” 

“Once the vaccine gets into a woman's system, the vaccine's job is to really kick start the woman's immune system. And within twenty to thirty days, the vaccine and all the materials associated with the vaccine are out of the system.”

Will the COVID-19 vaccine affect fertility?

“I’ve received questions about people who are undergoing infertility evaluations, and they're worried that the vaccine will somehow hinder that progress. And I've also received questions from people saying that they heard that the COVID vaccine causes infertility.”

“All of the research and science support that the COVID vaccine is safe in pregnancy, for patients who are undergoing infertility, for patients who are attempting to get pregnant.”

Does the COVID-19 vaccine affect my DNA or the DNA of a fetus? 

“There's no scientific evidence to suggest that the COVID vaccine in any way affects the DNA - not of the patient, not of the mother, not of the egg, not of the sperm.”

“The most important thing for everyone, especially pregnant women to remember, is that it's important to wash your hands frequently, wear your mask, stay out of large crowds, stay at least six feet away from people, and by all means, get your COVID vaccine.” 

The COVID-19 Vaccine, Pregnancy and Fertility: Get the Facts From Carolyn Harraway-Smith, MD