Florida Governor Ron DeSantis once again spoke out against vaccine mandates for healthcare workers on Thursday, and in doing so, seemed to suggest that receiving the COVID vaccine could lead to infertility for the immunized.
“Think about how ridiculous it is what they’re doing by trying to force the nurses” DeSantis said. “A lot of these nurses have had COVID. A lot of them are younger. Some of them are trying to have families.”
The problem with DeSantis’s remarks: They came the same day that a new study was released stating no evidence exists to link infertility to COVID vaccines.
The research, conducted at Boston University and published in the peer-reviewed American Journal of Epidemiology, studied over 2,000 heterosexual women between the ages of 21 and 45 from December 2020 to September 2021 in both the United States and Canada. (Their male partners were also involved in the study and asked to fill out a questionnaire.)
Of the couples studied, 73% of the women and 74% of the men had received at least one shot of the COVID vaccine.
The research noted that while they found no link between fertility issues and the COVID vaccine, the same could not be said for actually contracting the coronavirus.
“Recent [coronavirus] infection has been associated with poor sperm quality, including … decreased concentration, lower motility,” the study reads.
Conversely “we found no adverse association between … vaccination and fertility.”
Their conclusion was the same regardless of which company’s vaccine was administered, as well as whether participants in the study received one shot or two.
While the study did not offer a definitive word on long-term fertility, they said results were unlikely to be different. “It is unlikely that adverse effects on fertility could arise many months after vaccination,” the authors wrote.
On average, the participants in the study were attempting to conceive a child around 3 ½ months after receiving their vaccinations. None of the participants were receiving fertility treatments, and they each filled out questionnaires every eight weeks.