Do the COVID vaccines affect fertility?

Health care workers answer questions about the COVID-19 vaccines.


Sara Whetstone, MD, MHS explains that there is no evidence that any of the COVID vaccines cause issues with fertility.


We don’t have any data that suggests that the COVID-19 vaccine affects fertility. It’s not a live vaccine. The sort of proteins that are used in the vaccine do not alter anyone’s DNA or genetic material. So, we don’t have any evidence that makes us worry that this vaccine could affect fertility.

And we know we have lots of vaccines in the past that we give out, you know, to people who desire to get pregnant as a way to protect them in pregnancy. So, in general, we think that vaccines are safe prior to pregnancy. And in some cases, we encourage people to get vaccinated before pregnancy for certain viruses.

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