Daily US Times: Claims on social media that the Covid-19 vaccine could affect female fertility are unfounded, experts have said.
Posts have incorrectly suggested the Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine could cause infertility in women, or cause their bodies to attack the placenta.
But Prof Lucy Chappell, a professor in obstetrics at King’s College London and spokesperson for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said there is no “plausible biological mechanism” by which the vaccine could affect your fertility.
The vaccine works by sending a message to the body with a blueprint, allowing it to manufacture a harmless ans small fragment of the coronavirus’s distinctive “spike”.
This prompts your immune system to kick into action, producing antibodies and white blood cells to fight off the Covid-19 – and recognising it if you encounter it again.
It can not give you the virus, and it has no way of affecting your own genetic information.
These “messenger particles” are extremely short-lived: they deliver their message and then they are destroyed. That is why the Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine in particular has to be stored so carefully – genetic material falls apart and becomes useless very easily.
Prof Nicola Stonehouse, a virologist at the University of Leeds, said there was no possible way she could think of that the vaccine could have an impact on reproductive health.
Online, some people have pointed to a line in an earlier version of guidance published by the British government stating it was “unknown” whether the Pfizer vaccine had an impact on fertility.