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Does the COVID vaccine cause infertility in kids? Here’s what experts say

A group of experts debunked the theory that the COVID-19 vaccine can cause infertility in children

Worker uses Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
A worker readies syringes with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Metairie, La., on March 29, 2021. The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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Does COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility for kids?

The COVID-19 vaccine does not cause infertility in children, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • “Unfounded claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to infertility have been scientifically disproven,” the AAP said in a statement on its website.
  • “There is no evidence that the vaccine can lead to loss of fertility,” the AAP added. “While fertility was not specifically studied in the clinical trials of the vaccine, no loss of fertility has been reported among trial participants or among the millions who have received the vaccines since their authorization, and no signs of infertility appeared in animal studies.”
  • “Similarly, there is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine affects puberty.”

Theory on COVID-19 vaccine causing infertility:

The AAP released a statement about infertility and the COVID-19 vaccine after parents raised concerns about the misinformation.

  • A survey last week from the Kaiser Family Foundation found 66% of parents of 5- to 11-year-olds were worried the COVID-19 vaccine would cause infertility issues in their children when they’re older.

Does COVID-19 vaccine cause infertility for adults?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has long said the COVID-19 vaccine does not cause fertility issues for anyone, including older men, per CNN.

  • “Leading medical organizations have repeatedly affirmed that the COVID-19 vaccines have no impact on fertility,” the ACOG said.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Axios that it’s imperative for parents to vaccinate their children quickly.

  • “Even though the chances of (a child) getting sick and seriously ill are small,” he said, “why do you want to take a chance of that with your child, when you can essentially protect the child by an intervention that is proven to be both highly effective and very safe?”