What is the official advice?
The good news is that there’s no need to avoid the vaccine if you are TTC. Experts believe the vaccine will not have any effect on future fertility. In fact, some volunteers who received the vaccine during earlier clinical trials have since reported becoming pregnant. In fact, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) encourages those who are eligible to receive the vaccine before beginning any kind of assisted reproduction to help you stay healthy during any future pregnancies. However, since vaccines work by inducing an immune response, ESHRE recommends both men and women wait “a few days” to start any kind of assisted reproduction after receiving the first dose of the vaccine, just so your body has enough time to recover from temporary side effects.
If you have been told that you are eligible for the vaccine and are planning to receive the vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends that you receive it at your maternity unit, or inform your maternity unit once you are vaccinated, so you and your baby can be monitored by the UK Obstetric Surveillance System (UKOSS)/UK Teratology Information Service (UKTIS) vaccine registry.