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COVID-19 vaccine will not cause infertility, WHO chief scientist reassures

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The Chief Scientist for World Health Organisation, Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has reiterated that the COVID-19 vaccine will not cause infertility in men and women.

Swaminathan stated this on Friday in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the global health body @WHO.

Dispelling the misinformation on vaccines and fertility, Swaminathan said there is no truth in the rumour that COVID-19 vaccines can cause infertility.

“It is a common myth, but I should start by saying that there is no scientific evidence or truth behind this concern that vaccines somehow interfere with fertility either in men or women.

“What vaccines do is that they stimulate an immune response against that particular protein or antigen of that virus or bacteria.

“So, in this case, the COVID vaccine stimulates antibody response against the spike protein of the SARCoV2 virus so there’s no way they could interfere with the functioning of the reproductive organs in either men or women.

“So, I think people can rest assured that these vaccines in no way interfere with fertility.

In addition, she assured breastfeeding mothers that there is no risk in taking the vaccine.

“Women who have given birth and who are breastfeeding their babies should take the vaccine when it becomes available.

“There’s no risk at all because all the vaccines that are being used presently none of them have the live virus in it and so there’s no risk of transmission through breastmilk.

“In fact, the antibodies that the mother has can go through the breastmilk to the baby and may only serve to protect the baby a little

But there’s absolutely no harm. It is safe,” she said.

The WHO scientist also urged women who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant to take the COVID-19 vaccine, noting that there is no potential risk to them getting vaccinated.

She also added that pregnant women who are at high risk of acquiring the infection should be vaccinated as the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.

“I think it is important that every pregnant woman in every country be explained the benefits versus the risks and be offered the vaccine if they would like to take it,” she said. 

She also added that there is no harm or risk for women menstruating receiving the vaccine while on their period.

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