Fact Check: Can COVID vaccines cause infertility?

Nikki Rudd
Updated: March 22, 2021 10:09 AM
Created: March 22, 2021 06:11 AM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — You've probably read all sorts of things about the COVID-19 vaccine on the internet. 

Here's something circulating on social media: The COVID vaccine can cause infertility.  News10NBC's Nikki Rudd did some research and checked with a local expert.

"There's no data to support that," were the first words out of Dr. Emil Lesho's mouth. 

He's an infectious disease specialist at Rochester Regional Health. 

At the same time, this topic is generating a lot of talk online and in our community. Not only is infertility a concern for women but also for men and children. Once the vaccine is available to kids some people are wondering could they have infertility issues?      

"There's no biological reason why it should make a child sterile, and I don't think there's a biological reason why it would make an adult sterile," Dr. Lesho said. "I can't see that connection." 
  
That being said, Dr. Lesho admitted we're still new to all this. COVID-19 has only been around for about a year.

"So the long-term side effects of COVID we're still learning about," Dr. Lesho said. 

He went on to say, "If it were me, I'd want to do everything I can to prevent getting an infection because the chances of a bad outcome from getting the infection are immensely greater than a chance of having a very serious vaccine adverse reaction." 

As more and more of us get the vaccine, you can report any side effects directly to the federal government. You can do that by using the vaccine adverse effect reporting system. 

Check out previous Fact Checks here.


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