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Dr. Leslie Farland Answers Questions About COVID Vaccine Safety, Fertility and Pregnancy

In this presentation, Dr. Leslie Farland, an epidemiologist specializing in women’s reproductive health, reviews the recent data and shows that the COVID-19 vaccines have no negative effects on fertility or pregnancy in women.


Dr. Leslie Farland, MSc, ScD

Dr. Leslie Farland, MSc, ScD

Here in the College of Public Health, many people have been asking us if the COVID-19 vaccines are safe for women’s reproductive health: Do the vaccines affect fertility? Is it safe to get the vaccine if you’re pregnant?

To help answer these questions, Leslie Farland, MSc, ScD, assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, gave a presentation (video above) that reviewed all the most recent data on the topic of COVID-19 Vaccination and Reproductive Health. In the presentation, she explains the recent data, emphasizes that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and concludes “COVID-19 vaccination does not negatively influence fertility or pregnancy outcomes.”

Dr. Farland is an epidemiologist specializing in women’s reproductive health. Before coming to UArizona, she was an instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard Medical School and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She also served as the Director of Epidemiologic Research at the Center for Infertility and Reproductive Surgery at Brigham Women's Hospital. Her research centers around women’s health and focuses on key issues like the intersection between women’s reproductive health and chronic disease risk, endometriosis risk factors, infertility, various cancers, and disparities in access to health services.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Farland’s expertise in our college. Thank you Leslie for sharing your expertise with our community!

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