COVID-19 Vaccines and Fertility
31 August 2021
31 August 2021
In line with advice from the Australian Department of Health, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Fertility Society of Australia, it is recommended that you get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you.
According to , the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will not approve a vaccine for use in Australia unless it is safe and effective. This includes impacts on fertility. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved, or under review by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) cause sterilisation or infertility.
We understand that due to supplies of vaccines, there may be a wait time for the Pfizer vaccine. We advise that you do not wait for the Pfizer vaccine, and get vaccinated with whatever COVID-19 vaccine is readily accessible and available to you, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine. Given the seriousness of the Delta variant of COVID-19, vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from illness. Please do not delay getting a vaccine, and get vaccinated as soon as possible.
If you are pregnant, it is vital that you get vaccinated against COVID-19, and their babies have a higher risk of being born prematurely. Vaccination is the best way to reduce these risks. You can be vaccinated at any stage during your pregnancy, and pregnant people are a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination.
states that mRNA vaccines, such as the Pfizer vaccine (Comirnaty) have been shown to be safe in pregnant women, based on accumulated real-world evidence from other countries. may additionally provide indirect protection to babies by transferring antibodies through the placenta (for pregnant people) or through breastmilk (for people who are breastfeeding).
If you are planning a pregnancy, it is important to note that there is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines have an impact on fertility.
All patients who decide to get vaccinated should continue to follow the current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after they are vaccinated. This includes hand hygiene, wearing masks, testing when symptoms are present and isolation, when appropriate.
If you have individual concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to discuss this with your fertility specialist, obstetrician or GP.
If you would like to read further information about the COVID-19 vaccines, our recommended resources are below: