Urdu version of COVID-19 vaccination fertility video now available in response to public demand
A public information message explaining the COVID-19 vaccine in relation to fertility and pregnancy has been translated into Urdu to reach more members of the community.
There were more than 1,000 hits in a matter of days in response to the initial video being posted.
A public meeting with women from the local Muslim community led to the creation of an Urdu translation to help non-English speakers to understand the important messages.
The Urdu podcast can be found here.
The video titled ‘What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccinations, fertility and pregnancy’, features two NHS senior clinicians in fertility and women’s health, Dr Lalitha Iyer and Dr Fatima Husain.
Dr Iyer was at the recent meeting in East Berkshire with female residents from the Muslim community to speak with them about Covid-19.
The translated version will be shared through local network groups and mosques over the coming days in Slough and surrounding areas.
The video and translated podcast aims to address people’s concerns and questions around the COVID-19 vaccinations on fertility and pregnancy.
Speaking at the time of the initial launch of the video last month, Dr Iyer, who is a local GP and lead on women’s health, as well as the executive medical director of NHS Frimley Collaborative of Clinical Commissioning Groups, said: “People may be worried about having the vaccine when invited because they’ve either come across misinformation or they’re not aware of the facts when it comes to vaccinating certain people and groups. This includes pregnant women and those planning on starting a family whether that’s soon or in the future.
“I’d like to reassure people that there is no evidence that the vaccines affect fertility. Rumours that they do are speculative and not backed by any official data.”
Dr Husain, consultant obstetrician and gynecologist said: “Some of the most frequently asked questions I’m getting from women are whether it’s safe to have the COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy, and will their fertility be affected by having the vaccine.
“I’d like to reassure women, in line with a statement issued by The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and The Royal College of Midwives, that there is no current evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccines will affect their fertility.
“There is also no known risk associated with giving non-live vaccines during pregnancy, such as the COVID-19 vaccines, as they do not replicate and cannot cause infection to either yourself or your unborn child.
“However, although the available data does not indicate any safety concern or harm to pregnancy, there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy at present.”
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI) has recommended that the vaccination in pregnancy should only be considered where the risk of exposure to severe infection is high, or where a woman has underlying conditions that puts her at very high risk of serious complications of COVID-19.
Dr Husain added: “This includes women who are clinically extremely vulnerable, as they have a greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19, and to health or social care workers, including carers working in residential homes, as they’re at very high risk of catching the virus even if they have a lower risk of experiencing complications if they are otherwise well.”
She advises women who fit into either of these two groups to discuss the benefits and risks of having the vaccination with their health care professional. She is also urging women to visit trusted websites for more information.