Live Q&A: COVID-19 vaccine


Zoom Webinar

Start Time

September 29, 2021 7:00 pm

End Time

September 29, 2021 8:00 pm

Live Q&A: COVID-19 vaccine impact on fertility, pregnancy & breastfeeding

If you’re pregnant, thinking about getting pregnant, concerned about fertility or breastfeeding and have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine join this live Q&A with AHS obstetrics and gynaecology clinicians and researchers Dr. Verena (Vreni) Kuret and Dr. Eliana Castillo.


Dr. Eliana Castillo
Clinical Associate Professor @Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr. Eliana Castillo is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary in Canada. Her medical and academic practice focuses on reproductive infectious diseases and implementation science. She is an emerging leader on vaccination in pregnancy and partners with patients to understand their journey during pregnancy, focusing on opportunities to engage in a dialogue about interventions that we know can protect mothers and babies, like vaccinations. She works with the National Advisory Committee for Immunization, Society of Obstetrics and Gyneacologists of Canada and the Canadian Association for Immunization Research, Evaluation and Education. She completed her fellowships at the University of British Columbia and the Pontificia Javeriana University in Colombia, South America.

Dr. Verena (Vreni) Kuret
Maternal-Fetal Medicine Section Head @Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Dr Verena (Vreni) Kuret was born and raised in Vancouver. She attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) for her undergraduate degree in Rehabilitation Sciences (OT). After 3 years of practice as an Occupational Therapist, a 6 month volunteer experience in Uganda convinced her to pursue a medical degree. She completed her MD training at UBC in 2005 and moved to the University of Calgary for her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After completing her Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship training at BC Women’s Hospital, she joined the MFM Section at the University of Calgary in 2013. Most recently, she has taken on the role of Calgary MFM Section Head. Her areas of interest are the maternal and fetal effects of infections in pregnancy.


Watch the recording from our live Q&A here (timestamps included):


Here are some additional resources including some mentioned by Dr. Kuret and Dr. Castillo:

V-Safe RegistryAbout V-Safe: A smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Data of mRNA vaccines not increasing the risk of Miscarriage: Data and charts shown by Dr. Kuret and Castillo highlight how mRNA vaccines do not cause the risk of Miscarriage. Links for these published research articles can be found here, here and here.

The Vajenda: An evidence-based hub for reproductive health matters, managed by OB/GYN and pain medicine physician Dr. Jen Gunter.