NCFMC recommends vaccination for all of our patients, barring any medical issues that would otherwise exclude them from vaccination. Covid vaccination is safe for pregnant people and patients undergoing fertility treatment; pregnancy and/or infertility are not medical exemptions to vaccination. We are unable to provide letters for medical exemption from vaccination to our patients. If a patient has a medical issue that prohibits vaccination, they will need to speak with the physician managing that medical issue for an exemption letter.
American Society of Reproductive Medicine Covid-19 Update:
- None of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines reach or cross the placenta. The intramuscularly administered vaccine mRNA remains in the deltoid muscle cell cytoplasm for just a few days before it is destroyed. However, protective antibodies to COVID19 have been shown to cross the placenta and confer protection to the baby after delivery.
- COVID19 vaccination does not induce antibodies against the placenta.
- Existing data suggest COVID19 vaccination during pregnancy does not increase risk of miscarriage.
- COVID19 vaccination does not impact male or female fertility or fertility treatment outcomes.
You can read the entire statement here.
Statement from the ASRM COVID-19 Task Force
For over a year, we have been working to evaluate the latest science around COVID-19 and reproductive health.
As scientists and medical experts conduct and analyze the research, we have refined our recommendations accordingly. As in all our work, we endeavor to help professionals and patients understand the best information available.
Everyone, including pregnant women and those seeking to become pregnant, should get a COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are safe and effective.
We will continue to review the science and work with our experts on the COVID-19 epidemic so that we can continue to provide the best, possible guidance. We encourage you to follow CDC guidelines on social distancing, masks, and other protections.
The American College and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommend vaccination for all women considering pregnancy. The ideal time for vaccination would be prior to conceiving. However, if you are currently pregnant, you should still consider getting vaccinated.
Because pregnant women are at higher risk for severe illness with COVID-19, many women – particularly healthcare workers, those with many public contacts, or those that have additional risk factors for severe illness – may wish to consider the vaccination despite the limited safety data.
We will update this site as recommendations evolve.
For more information, please see the following medical society statements:
Update 7/30/2021: ACOG Vaccinating Pregnant and Lactating Patients Against COVID-19 | ACOG
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