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Poll shows women aged between 18 and 34 will not have COVID-19 vaccine citing fertility fears

A UK poll has shown more than a quarter of women aged between 18 and 34 will refuse the COVID-19 vaccination for fear it might affect their fertility and future pregnancies

The Find Out Now poll sampled 55, 642 people and found that only seven percent of women over the age of 65 said the same.

Now, Professor Lucy Chappell, a leading doctor of obstetrics at King’s College London has spoken out to reassure women that these claims have no basis and they should have the vaccine when offered.

Professor Chappell told the PA News Agency said it was ‘understandable’ that some women had concerns over the new vaccines but felt that the claims, which can be found online could not possibly be substantiated.

She said, “I dug into all those sources and I can absolutely no basis for concerns about any of the COVID-19 vaccines that are licensed in the UK and fertility.”

No evidence

Chief Medical Officer Professor Chris Whitty first said claims of the vaccine having an effect on fertility and pregnancy are not based on any evidence.

He said during a Downing Street press briefing that it was right to ask the question.

He said: “There is no current evidence on any impact of fertility.

“Lots of concerns are there, and people who are wanting to start families of course have concerns very reasonably.

“It’s not something seen as a problem – this is not an area I think people should be concerned with.”

For the latest advice on fertility clinics and COVID-19 restrictions, visit the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority website.

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