Myth: COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility.
Fact: This rumor spread from a claim on social media that the “head of Pfizer research” said the COVID-19 vaccine “is female sterilization.” The claim has been shown to be false and a hoax. To start, the person quoted in the article was not the head of Pfizer at all and is someone who has been known to spread false information about COVID-19 in the past. Plus, studies have shown there are no significant safety risks from taking the vaccine, other than those already mentioned.
In fact, a joint statement from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and nine other professional organizations endorsed the vaccine, saying the benefits of COVID-19 vaccination far outweigh the risks. In addition the ASRM stated that it was against “withholding the vaccine from patients who are planning to conceive, who are currently pregnant, or who are breastfeeding and encourages patients undergoing fertility treatment to receive vaccination based on current eligibility criteria.” The group pointed out that “mRNA vaccines are not composed of live virus, they are not thought to cause an increased risk of infertility, first or second trimester loss, stillbirth, or congenital anomalies.”