Since the start of the pandemic, obstetrician, gynaecologist and Sunfert International Fertility Center fertility specialist Dr Sumithra Devi Valiapan has had this question posed to her repeatedly by expectant mums: "Should I get vaccinated?". The second most common question, she says, is whether or not Covid-19 vaccines adversely affect mothers and their newborns.
Dedicated to combatting misinformation on this issue, Dr Sumithra sheds light on the hard truth about Covid-19's disastrous effects on unvaccinated mothers and shares helpful tips for pregnant women who are preparing for their vaccination.
Myth #1: Covid-19 vaccinations are linked to infertility
"Absolutely untrue. Studies have not shown any links from the Covid-19 vaccine to infertility either in men or in women. What we do have now is more and more data coming out—real-life data, not studies—revealing no major safety concerns highlighted by regional bodies regarding the Covid-19 vaccines. There are some minor side effects, but the benefits of the vaccine still far outweigh the risks.
I advise couples who are undergoing fertility treatments to get completely vaccinated first so that they are protected whenever they go out to make multiple visits to the clinic. Especially the mum whom we don't want to get infected with Covid-19 during her pregnancy."