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COVID-19 vaccine safe for people trying to get pregnant, experts say.

COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t affect fertility. Moreover, experts don’t know of a reason the vaccine could do harm. 

Popular social media influencers suggested otherwise recently and the rumor took off online, but it has no basis in fact. 

A lot of misinformation exists about COVID-19 and the vaccines online. It can be difficult sometimes to determine what is myth and what is fact. 

That’s why we want to address this specifically.

Just the facts.

None of the 3 CDC-authorized COVID-19 vaccines have shown to harm a person’s fertility. No evidence exists that the vaccine could cause fertility problems. 

In a recent Pfizer study, the only person to show any pregnancy loss was a patient given a placebo, a treatment that has no physical effect on the patient. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) also says, “none of the COVID-19 vaccines available for use… cause infertility.” 

This myth may be popular, but it is not based in fact. 

The real risk is  NOT getting the vaccine. 

ACOG enthusiastically recommends people who are pregnant get the vaccine. CDC found pregnant and recently pregnant people are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. A recent study found COVID-19 among people who are pregnant can nearly double the risk of preterm birth or pregnancy loss.

We spoke with Dr. Mike Myint, physician executive at MultiCare Health Services. He wants people thinking of becoming pregnant to get vaccinated, saying COVID-19 and pregnancy don’t mix. 

“All the studies show (the vaccine) is very safe and COVID itself as a disease is very risky for pregnant women,” he said. “It risks premature birth and the health of the mother.” 

Scientists are learning more about the full effects COVID-19 infection can have on pregnant people and their babies. Dr. Myint recommends you talk to your healthcare provider about getting the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant or planning to be.

As of late July 2021, more than 130,000 people indicated they were pregnant at the time of vaccination, the CDC reports. Pierce County resident Stephanie Shephard got the vaccine while pregnant. She says the risk of COVID-19  far outweighs the “perceived unknown risks of the vaccine” while pregnant. 

“Vaccine technology has a proven track record in public health, and I trust the science” Shephard said. “I also wanted to do my part to keep people around me safe.”

Need help? We have information and resources for people trying to become pregnant. 

Are you trying to get pregnant and not yet vaccinated? Talk to your healthcare provider about getting your dose to protect yourself and your family. 

Since there is no known link to the vaccine and infertility, it’s a safe bet. 

Find your dose. 

Find your vaccination today at Everyone 12 and older is eligible. You can register online or just drop in at any clinic and get vaccinated without an appointment. 

If you need a ride to an appointment or can’t easily leave your home, we can help! Call us at (253) 649-1412, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 7 days a week.

Your role to stop the spread of COVID-19 remains critical.

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