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Top Pulmonologist Says Vaccine Linkage With Fertility Unfounded

SRINAGAR: As vaccination seems to be the only way out from the deadly Covid-19 that has caused havoc across the globe, concerns have been growing particularly amongst the younger generation towards vaccines as some say it leaves a person infertile or causes higher pregnancy wastage.

Responding to these concerns, Dr. Parvaiz Koul, a well respected name in the field of medicine, currently Professor and Head of Internal and Pulmonary Medicine at Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura in a series of tweets talked about the said concerns.

Dr. Parvaiz wrote,

“Lots of young women are concerned about the concerns of infertility as a result of COVID vaccination. These have resulted from the report of some similarity between the virus spike protein and a placental protein and the fear that antibodies generated against the virus”

“would lead to placental dysfunction and pregnancy wastage. However infected pregnant females have delivered normal babies and that fact is ultra vires to the proposition. Those fearing it may take comfort from the fact that there is genetic homogeneity between the”

“virus protein and common human proteins like hemoglobin and collagen (even more than that for placental proteins). SO the fears of infertility and pregnancy wastage due to mRNA vaccines are ill founded.”

“Conclusion: Vaccines do not cause infertility or higher pregnancy wastage,” concluded Dr. Parvaiz.

As per the latest figures provided by the J&K government, 3,025,745 vaccine doses have been administered to the people in the UT. A total of 2,485,913 people have received the first vaccine dose while 539,832 people have received both doses of the vaccine. Jammu and Shopian districts have already achieved 100 per cent vaccination for people above 45 years of age.

There are reports that not many women actually come for the inoculations.

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