Boston IVF encourages all individuals to consider receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. Receiving the COVID-19 vaccine(s) for most patients is the safest choice. Ultimately, however, it is each patient’s individual choice whether to get vaccinated or not, and we support your decision.
BOSTON IVF VACCINE GUIDELINES FOR CYCLING PATIENTS
BIVF is following ACOG and ASRM in recommending the COVID-19 vaccine. Please ensure your receive the vaccine prior to starting fertility treatments. Some side-effects of the vaccines may mimic actual COVID-19 symptoms and potentially interrupt your fertility treatment.
COVID-19 VACCINE FACTS
- Multiple national societies, including American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), have announced recommendations that the COVID-19 vaccine should NOT be withheld from women trying to conceive or pregnant individuals who meet criteria for vaccination as the vaccine becomes available.
- While the vaccine trials were not conducted on pregnant women, and we have no safety data in pregnancy – the mechanism of the vaccine action appears to be safe for those trying to conceive and for pregnant women.
- We know there are risks of having COVID-19 in pregnancy – such as preterm labor, miscarriage and birth defects. Pregnant women may be more susceptible to and have a harder time fighting infections from COVID-19 with a 5x higher risk of ending up in the intensive care unit (ICU) or on a ventilator than non-pregnant patients.
- The Pfizer-COVID vaccine is recommended for persons 16 years of age and older and the Moderna vaccine is recommended for persons 18 years of age and older in the US population under the FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.
- Side effects associated with vaccination include: injection site soreness (84%), fatigue (62%), headache (55%), muscle pain (38%), chills (32%), joint pain (24%), and fever (14%).
- You CAN NOT get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
- The COVID-19 vaccine has no live COVID-19 virus.
- Women do not need to wait a certain period of time after getting the vaccine to become pregnant.
- The COVID-19 vaccine does not have any ingredients that are known to be harmful to pregnant women.
- The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility.
- Many vaccines are routinely given safely during pregnancy (flu, tetanus, diphtheria).
- The COVID vaccine prevents 95% of COVID infections.