India’s national vaccine expert group on Monday clarified that there are no scientific evidences suggesting COVID-19 vaccination can cause infertility in men and women.
“No scientific evidences found linking COVID-19 vaccination with infertility in men and women…all vaccines and their constituents are tested first on animals and later in humans to assess if they have any such side effects,” they said.
Their comments came days after media reports said that the Covid-19 vaccination causes infertility in men and women, reports BSS.
“In the past few days, certain media reports have highlighted the prevalence of various “superstitions and myths in a section of Healthcare Workers (HCWs)” and Frontline Workers (FLWs) including the nurses”, said an Indian health ministry statement today.
It added, “Such misinformation and rumours were observed to be spreading in the community during the vaccination drives earlier when polio and measles-rubella vaccines were administered”.
The ministry said that the National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for Covid-19 (NEGVAC) has recommended COVID-19 vaccination for all lactating women as they found that the vaccines have been found to be safe and effective.
“NEGVAC has recommended the COVID-19 vaccination for all lactating women, terming it as safe with no need to stop or pause breastfeeding before or after the vaccination”, the statement added.