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Information about COVID-19 vaccines for women of reproductive age

BPAS is aware that there is misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines circulating – and some women have been concerned that vaccination may put their future fertility at risk. This is not the case. We have put the following factsheet together to address some of the concerns and misconceptions about the vaccines.

  • Getting the COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you are eligible will protect you and help to protect your friends, family and loved ones. The COVID-19 vaccine should also help reduce the rates of serious illness, therefore reducing pressure on the NHS.
  • The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
  • Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. Safety data has been gathered from trials involving participants from diverse racial, ethnic and geographic groups.
  • Other vaccines are being developed. They will only be available on the NHS once they have been thoroughly tested to make sure they are safe and effective.
  • So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.
  • There is no evidence to suggest that Covid-19 vaccines will affect fertility, and no biologically plausible mechanism by which current vaccines would impact upon your fertility. 
  • While the vaccine is currently not routinely recommended for all women in pregnancy, this is due simply to a lack of research about use in pregnancy, not because there is any evidence of harm. For some women, the benefits of vaccination in pregnancy may well outweigh any hypothetical risks.  
  • Evidence so far reviewed by the MHRA has raised no concerns about safety in pregnancy. Women who were vaccinated before they knew they were pregnant should not be alarmed. 
  • If an unplanned pregnancy is otherwise wanted, there is no reason to consider termination due to vaccination before a pregnancy was recognised.
  • The vaccines do not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products or material of foetal or animal origin. 

If you need further information or have any concerns about the vaccine, talk to your GP as soon as you can.