It’s among parents’ top worries around kids getting vaccinated against Covid-19: Could the vaccine somehow impair their child’s future fertility?
A survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation last week found that 66% of parents of 5- to 11-year-olds worried that vaccines might negatively impact children’s fertility later on. Doctors and public health officials are united in assuring parents this is not a concern. “Unfounded claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to infertility have been scientifically disproven,” the American Academy of Pediatrics — which represents doctors who specialize in treating children — says in a statement on its website.
“There is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility. While fertility was not specifically studied in the clinical trials of the vaccine, no loss of fertility has been reported among trial participants or among the millions who have received the vaccines since their authorization, and no signs of infertility appeared in animal studies,” it adds. “Similarly, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine affects puberty.”
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, which represents the doctors who treat pregnant women, deliver babies, treat infertility and help women prepare for pregnancy, similarly encourages women to get vaccinated against Covid-19. “Leading medical organizations have repeatedly affirmed that the COVID-19 vaccines have no impact on fertility,” it says. The same is true for male fertility, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.