Local doctors say vaccine infertility rumors not true

Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Pat Luedkte says there is no evidence the vaccine for COVID-19 affects a woman's fertility.

Posted: Feb 22, 2021 1:07 PM
Updated: Feb 22, 2021 6:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore.--Health officials across the country are facing an unexpected hurdle in achieving herd immunity: women in their 20's and 30's who fear the vaccine for COVID-19 causes infertility.

Dr. David Herrmann, an obstertrician at Women's Care in Springfield, said that these rumors have even caused the American College of Obstreticians and Gynecologists to release a statement saying this is untrue. 

"This is not something that came up even in preliminary studies following to see if people have side effects from the vaccine," Herrmann said.

Lane County Senior Public Health Officer Dr. Patrick Luedkte says the vaccine has only been administered to the public for 8 weeks so this is an unfounded claim.

"The definition of infertility is the inability to get pregnant after 12 months despite trying. The first vaccinations in America occurred in December," Luedkte said. "I don't fault people for having these concerns. I think some of us might fault people when they have these concerns without any data at all."

He said that some of his patients have been showing concerns but he has been reassuring them that the studies don’t prove this claim.

KEZI also spoke with Rebecca Conrad, the executive director of Bristol Hospice, who received her two doses of the vaccine while she was pregnant.

"I felt that because I do work with hospice patients with COVID-19, that the benefits outweighed the risks in terms of getting the vaccine," Conrad said.

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