Fertility, Pregnancy and COVID-19 Vaccines

 

There is no known evidence of any of the COVID-19 vaccines impacting people’s fertility

 

COVID-19 Vaccines, Fertility and Menstruation – YouTube

 

Is the rumour about vaccines affecting fertility true? - YouTube

Pregnant individuals have a similar risk of getting infected with COVID-19 as other individuals their age. However, studies have shown an increased risk of developing complications of COVID-19 if they are infected, compared with people who are not pregnant of a similar age. COVID-19 during pregnancy has also been associated with an increased likelihood of preterm birth.

Pregnant individuals who are older, have obesity, or have pre-existing medical conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and diabetes are at particular risk of serious outcomes of COVID-19.

It is important that pregnant individuals - and those around them - take precautions to protect themselves against COVID-19. If they become unwell (including with fever, cough or difficulty breathing), they should seek urgent medical advice from a health worker.

 

Tips for pregnant women and individuals:

  • Talk to your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated against COVID-19
  • To reduce your risk of infection, limit contact with others as much as possible
  • Avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms 
  • Wear a cloth face mask in public 
  • Maintain at least 2 meters of physical distance 
  • Focus on taking care of yourself and your baby and don’t hesitate to contact your health care providers if you have any concerns about your physical and mental health 
  • Click here to learn more about how to protect yourself

The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends that mothers with suspected or proven COVID-19 continue to breastfeed while taking precautions like wearing a surgical/procedure mask and practicing hand hygiene.

New Information may become available. Visit the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and Government of Canada websites to keep up to date.

It is your choice. For many people, getting a COVID-19 vaccine is the safest choice. Talk to your healthcare provider about the vaccine.

Your health care provider will consider risks of COVID-19 during pregnancy like:

  • An increased risk of ICU admission, need for mechanical ventilation and ventilatory support (ECMO), and death reported in pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 infection, when compared with symptomatic non-pregnant women.
  • Pregnant patients with comorbidities such as obesity and diabetes are potentially at an even higher risk of severe illness.

 

The following resource may also help you when making a decision: COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations - Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool

Which COVID-19 Vaccine will I be offered?

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends that a complete vaccine series with a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine be offered to pregnant individuals

 

  • mRNA vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna) are preferred for use in pregnant individuals due to recently published data from a study in the United States indicating the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are safe in pregnant women. Based on current evidence, Vaccine Induced Thromotic Thrombocytopenia does not seem to be associated with the use of mRNA vaccines.
  • Pregnant individuals will receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at Grey Bruce clinics

Planning for your Vaccine during Pregnancy

Pregnant individuals are currently eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Your health care provider can help you plan for when you should receive your vaccine. Please consider:

 

  • COVID-19 vaccine can be administered in any trimester.
  • Talk to your healthcare provider about any questions you have about vaccines.

Additional Tools and Resources

Grey Bruce Health Unit COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy Poster

COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations - Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool

SOGC Statement - COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy

 

COVID-19 and Pregnancy: Information at your Fingertips - Prenatal Screening Ontario (bornontario.ca)

 

Should Pregnant People Get the COVID-19 Vaccine? - YouTube

 

COVID-19 Vaccines and Pregnancy - YouTube

The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has a recommendation that a complete series of COVID-19 vaccines (preferably mRNA vaccines) be offered to individuals who are breastfeeding. Informed consent should include discussion about emerging evidence on the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines in these populations.

Individuals who are breastfeeding will receive an mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine at Grey Bruce clinics.

COVID-19 Vaccine and Pregnancy Poster

 

COVID-19 Vaccination: Special Populations - Vaccination in Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Patient Decision-Making Tool

 

 

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