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Is it safe to have unprotected sex after taking the COVID-19 vaccine?

Since the emergence of the COVID-19 vaccine, there has been a debate on the dos and don’ts after taking the vaccine.

Recently, a debate ensued on social media after it emerged that one cannot have unprotected sex or conceive a child after taking the jab.

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“I’m in the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine trail. Why do they want participants of both sexes to agree not to have unprotected sex or try to conceive a child for so many weeks after getting a shot in the arm?” Wrote one Jeremy Kamil on social media.

Another user, Emily Jane, alleged that having unprotected sex with a COVID-19 vaccine recipient could lead to infertility of the female.

As it still remains unclear if the claims are true, medical experts have suggested that both male and female should use contraceptives after receiving the second dose.

Speaking to Indian Express, Dr Deepak Verma, internal medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad said;

“The SARS-CoV2 is a novel virus and the vaccine developed to neutralise it. However, it is too early to say whether there are any long-term side effects of the vaccine and whether they affect a man and a woman if they have intercourse. Abstinence from sex may not be always possible for an inoculated person.”

He clarified that men and women should use contraceptives such as condoms at least 2 – 3 weeks after receiving the second dose.

It will be advisable for men and women to use contraceptives such as condoms for at least 2 to 3 weeks after receiving the second dose. This is because during sex the body fluids come in contact,” he said.

He added;

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“Since we do not know how vaccines impact us, using a condom will be the best and most cost-effective prevention.” He also advised that women eligible for the vaccine should consult a gynaecologist before getting inoculated.”

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