Dear Valued Patient,
Shady Grove Fertility continues to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommendations in response to COVID-19. Practice leaders examine the implications of all recommendations with a careful focus on our duty to our patients and to public health.
According to ACOG, all three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are strongly recommended for women who are pregnant or contemplating becoming pregnant.
Patients who decide to get vaccinated should continue to follow the current guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19 after they are vaccinated. That means:
- Wearing a mask
- Staying at least six feet away from others
- Avoiding crowds
- Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
- Following CDC travel guidance
- Following quarantine guidance after exposure to COVID-19
- Following any applicable workplace guidance
Please refer to our COVID-19 FAQ below to learn more about COVID-19 vaccine guidance for women who are contemplating pregnancy or currently pregnant.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and change our plans as indicated, with practicing only evidence-based medicine as our standard.
Medical contribution by Eric A. Widra, M.D.
Eric A. Widra, M.D., is the medical director of Shady Grove Fertility in Metropolitan Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; and Philadelphia, and the associate director of the Combined Federal Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility—a post-graduate training program for future leaders in this subspecialty, operated through the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and Shady Grove Fertility.
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