Nov. 5, 2021 -- One persistent concern for some people since the rollout of the first COVID-19 vaccine late last year has been what -- if any -- impact being vaccinated might have on a person's ability to have children in the future.

Nearly a year later, there is still NO EVIDENCE the vaccines have any negative effect on the fertility of women or men.

That's according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Society for Reproductive Health (ASRM), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM), and other expert groups.

COVID-19 vaccines do not:

 

  • Reach or cross the placenta,
  • Induce antibodies against the placenta,
  • Increase the risk of miscarriage, or
  • Impact male or female fertility or fertility treatment outcomes.

 

There is, however, some evidence COVID-19 itself might have a negative impact on male fertility, according to a study posted on the ASRM website.

Also, COVID-19 has proven to be a particular concern for those who are pregnant and recently pregnant, leading to a health alert from the CDC.

Pregnancy causes changes in the body that could make it easier to get very sick from respiratory viruses.

In addition to the same severe illness and death risks that all those with COVID-19 face, pregnant people who become infected have a higher likelihood for preterm birth, stillbirth, and the need for their baby to be admitted to an intensive care unit.

Meanwhile, studies have shown breastfeeding people have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies from infection.

FREE vaccinations are available at a number of nearby locations. Indiana residents can find sites and sign up for an appointment by going to ourshot.in.gov. Ohio residents should use gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov.

Today's COVID-19 stats

 

  • Patients in containment areas: 19
  • Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 14 (73.7%)
  • COVID-19 patients in the ICU: 5
  • Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 4 (80%)
  • COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 4
  • Number of those patients who are unvaccinated: 3 (75%)
  • Tests submitted since last update: 233
  • Lab-confirmed positives since last update: 30 (12.9% positivity rate)
  • Suspected COVID-19 admissions in the past 24 hours: 14

 

Unvaccinated, as defined by the CDC, includes anyone who either has not received a dose or has received only the first of a two-dose vaccine.

Reid Health serves an eight-county area, including Wayne, Randolph, Henry, Union, Fayette, and Franklin counties in Indiana and Darke and Preble counties in Ohio. The statistics above represent patients from throughout the service area.

Key reminders

 

  • You should never delay care. Previous surges have seen patients put off necessary care for emergent issues such as chest pain, stroke symptoms, appendicitis, and even symptoms of cancer. Delaying care can have life-altering consequences.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. They are safe. Make an informed decision by consulting sites such as the CDC and FDA.
  • Those with risk factors for severe COVID-19 illness might qualify for an infusion of monoclonal antibodies, a treatment designed to help your immune system fight viruses. The infusion works best when given within a few days of the start of symptoms and can be given regardless of whether you've been vaccinated. For more information, call Reid's COVID-19 Hotline.
  • Reid's COVID-19 Hotline staff can assist with scheduling a test, receiving test results, and seeking clinical advice, including for monoclonal antibody treatment. The hotline is available seven days a week by calling (765) 965-4200. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Before you come to a Reid Health site to see a loved one or accompany them to an appointment, be sure to check our latest visitor policy and screening procedures.
  • Surgical masks are required in all Reid Health facilities. Cloth masks are not acceptable. Reid will provide you with a surgical mask upon entry if needed.