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COVID-19 Vaccines

Pregnant woman receiving the COVID vaccine

For almost a year, all of us have been coping with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. At CACRM, we have done our best to ensure our IVF and surrogacy services continue while keeping our patients and staff members safe from the virus.

Now we are at a welcome and important crossroads with the introduction of two FDA-approved vaccines developed within a year by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

The speed of development did not compromise the rigorous standards and safety of these vaccines. Other vaccines are in the pipeline to be approved soon by the Federal Drug Administration. According to recent studies, pregnancy can be a risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease. Also, some pregnant women can have additional risk factors such as obesity, hypertension, and other comorbidities that increase the probability of severe COVID-19 outcomes.

The new vaccines were created from mRNA technology and don’t contain a live virus. They require two injections over 21 or 28-day intervals, depending on the vaccine. mRNA tells the body to replicate the coronavirus’ spike protein. In turn, the body recognizes the protein as a foreign body and generates protective antibodies.

We are happy to announce that are our staff members are being vaccinated, and we look forward to when our patients are eligible to receive vaccines for their age group and health status.  We encourage you to get vaccinated when it is your time to receive them.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Task Force recommends the vaccines for patients who are planning to conceive, who are currently pregnant or lactating. ASRM is the leading professional organization for reproductive medicine professionals.

Experts do not consider the vaccines to cause infertility, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or birth defects. However, we encourage you to discuss the vaccines with your primary care provider.

The vaccines are modern-day medical miracles and can provide you with significant protection from contracting the coronavirus or developing a severe case of COVID-19. Until the population at large is immunized and herd immunity is reached, you and others must still practice social distancing, wearing masks, washing hands frequently, and disinfecting surfaces.

But the light is at the end of the tunnel.

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