COVID-19 Vaccination Advice For Our Fertility Patients
Finding out you are pregnant is a wonderful gift and moment in time, however, with the continuous anxiety surrounding us all with COVID-19 and vaccination decisions, we would like to share with you, valuable advice regarding the vaccine for pregnant/breastfeeding women; from The College of Medicine South Africa (CMSA) as well as the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG).
The COVID-19 vaccine is strongly encouraged for non-pregnant women contemplating pregnancy and or fertility treatments. If a woman becomes pregnant after the first dose of the COVID vaccine, the second dose should be administered as indicated. COVID-19 vaccines should be offered to all pregnant women after 14 weeks gestation.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women should consider taking the vaccine they are at a high risk of contracting Covid-19, or who may suffer serious complications if they do contract the virus, such as:
- Healthcare workers
- Essential workers (teachers, police) at the frontline who interact with the public or are in close proximity to many other people
- Women who have previously been the recipient of an organ transplant
- Women with a weakened immune system due to another condition, such as cancer, diabetes or HIV
- Those who have respiratory problems or suffer from a respiratory disease such as TB, cystic fibrosis or are severely asthmatic
- Known with kidney or heart disease
- Obesity (BMI > 30kg/m2)
Health care professionals and Fertility Clinics are encouraged to discuss the risks and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination with their patients; and the conversations should include:
- The lack of safety data for pregnancy and breastfeeding women
- The strong immune response conferred to mothers following vaccination
- The benefits of immune transfer to a newborn child
- There are no known risks associated with other non-live vaccines given in pregnancy
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine and your fertility journey.
- CMSA – The College of Medicine South Africa NPC
- SASOG – The South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists