Dr. Sarah Cross, Assistant Professor of OB/GYN, recently talked to The Star Tribune to dispel misperceptions surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and fertility. This comes at a critical moment as more and more vaccines become available and misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread. Here is an excerpt from the article:

"A much-loved uncle resides in a rural Minnesota nursing home, the reader messaged. While almost all residents there have been immunized, only 70% of staff have gotten the shot. For maximum protection against the virus, everyone in the facility should be vaccinated. Yet the holdouts aren't budging. They're mainly young women who have heard the vaccine will make them infertile.

This misperception is indeed among the most stubborn and harmful rumors circulating about COVID-19 vaccines. Not only does this misinformation leave unvaccinated women at greater risk of this potentially life-threatening infection, the reader's e-mail illustrates how the broader community's health can be jeopardized. The vaccines are remarkably effective, but breakthrough infections can still occur — an alarming reality for the elderly and those with underlying health issues.

Questions about the COVID vaccine are best fielded by medical experts. For trustworthy information about fertility concerns, we enlisted Dr. Sarah Cross, medical director of M Health Fairview's The Birthplace, and an assistant professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at the University of Minnesota Medical School."

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