Research has shown that the vaccines don’t affect men's or women's fertility. They don’t have any ingredients in them that would affect fertility and there is no likely way they could.
It’s entirely normal for new medicines not to be recommended for pregnant women, or those planning a pregnancy, when they are first issued because normally, they're not initially tested on this group. Now that more data is available, the Joint Committee for Vaccinations & Immunisations has updated its advice and says there is no need for women to delay pregnancy after Covid vaccination. Pregnant and non-pregnant women are being invited for a vaccine at the same time, based on their age.
Should I get it now?
Millions of people have now been vaccinated against Covid. The vaccine is the best defence against the virus, so the sooner you're vaccinated, the sooner you’ll begin to protect yourself and your community. Vaccinating as many people as possible should reduce the levels of local infections too.
Will it give me Covid?
You can’t catch Covid from the vaccine. It may take a few weeks for your body to build up protection against the virus, but it will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill. You need to have both doses for maximum protection.
Should I be worried about blood clots?
For the vast majority of people, the benefits of the vaccine in providing protection against the serious consequences of Covid far outweigh any risks.
There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event involving blood clots with low levels of platelets after vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Similar conditions can occur naturally, and clotting problems are also a common complication of Covid infection. As a precaution, people whose risk is greater, albeit still extremely small, will only be offered appointments for other vaccines.