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On Friday, December 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of the first vaccine for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Several other vaccine candidates are currently being developed and tested, and multiple vaccines may become available in the weeks and months ahead. MyEndometriosisTeam will reach out to specialists in the days to come to find out what this means for women with endometriosis.
Members of MyEndometriosisTeam share a variety of viewpoints regarding a COVID-19 vaccine. Some are eager to receive it as soon as it becomes available, while others are cautious and waiting to learn more. One member wrote, “I don’t know if the vaccine will interact with my meds.”
Your doctor knows all the details of your endometriosis, the treatments you take, and other aspects of your health history. This makes them the best source for guidance as you weigh the benefits and risks associated with the vaccine. Many MyEndometriosisTeam members are already talking to their doctors about COVID-19 vaccines. “I am going in for an excision, so I will ask my doctor about the vaccine then,” shared one member.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is reviewing clinical trial data on the COVID-19 vaccine to determine whether to recommend it and, if so, who should take it. The ACIP will consider factors like age, underlying medical conditions, race, and ethnicity. With vaccines on the way, people living with endometriosis will need accurate information to make decisions about being vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Here is what is known so far:
MyEndometriosisTeam knows there are many questions that remain unanswered. We will be reaching out to endometriosis specialists to find out the following:
Over the weeks to come, MyEndometriosisTeam will provide updates as we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines for women with endometriosis, including those taking hormone therapy or other treatments.
What questions do you have about COVID-19 vaccines? Share them in the comments below.
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