Fact Check: Should women avoid COVID 19 vaccination 5 days before and after periods?

Quick Take

A social media message has been doing rounds claiming that women should avoid vaccinations 5 days before and after their periods. We fact-checked and found that the claim is false.

The Claim

The social media message that has been viral on WhatsApp and Twitter reads, “A reminder for all women. Vaccination is starting from May 1st for above 18, for girls it’s very important to check periods and take vaccination. Don’t take the vaccine before and after 5 days of your periods because immunity will be very less during periods. Dosage of vaccine first decreases immunity, later it builds immunity so, there is a high risk of attack for one who vaccinated during periods. Share with your sister/ friend/ family/ girlfriend don’t feel shame to share!!!

A screenshot of the message is given below.

Fact Check

Should women avoid getting vaccinated 5 days before and after periods?

No. There is no evidence that the vaccine has anything to do with periods in women.

A number of doctors and authority bodies have already come forward to debunk this claim. Press Information Bureau’s fact-check wing also debunked the post on their official Twitter handle.

We reached out to Dr. Sajeev Kumar, MBBS. He confirmed that there is no basis to the claim. “The mRNA based vaccine does not affect menstrual cycle or interfere with hormonal change,” he said.

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