Woman mocks argument that vaccines are harmful to fertility by pointing out that TACO BELL carries a ‘reproductive harm’ warning in California – yet plenty of people eat that without question
- TikTok user Bexie fired back at people who argue that COVID-19 vaccines negatively impact fertility
- In a tongue-in-cheek video, she points out that Taco Bell carries a health warning, though many anti-vaxxers will eat from the chain
- Some foods at Taco Bell carry a Proposition 65 warning in California
- The law requires businesses to warn customers if their products contain ingredients known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity
- There is no scientific evidence that any vaccine, including those for COVID, harm fertility; however, getting COVID-19 can lower fertility in men
A TikTok user has cleverly fired back at people who argue that the COVID-19 vaccines negatively impact fertility — by pointing out that many of these same people eat Taco Bell without worrying what’s in it.
Bexie has gone viral with the clip after posting it yesterday, sharing her reaction to ‘when people say the COVID vaccine will make me infertile.’
Using a clip from the 2015 Lukas Graham song ‘Mama Said,’ she cuts to images of the Taco Bell menu, as well as a California state warning about possible exposure to chemicals that can cause cancer and reproductive harm.
Bexie employed a popular TikTok trend to make her point, playing her video with the song Mama Said.
The lyrics go: ‘Mama said that it was okay / Mama said that it was quite alright.’
In her clip, she spotlights the crispy chicken sandwich taco, pretending to purchase it on the Taco Bell app.
But at the checkout page, a warning from the state of California shows up under the order total.
‘WARNING – Cancer and Reproductive Harm,’ it says, pointing customers to P65Warnings.ca.gov/restaurant.
The website offers information of California’s Proposition 65, also known as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.
The act requires the state to maintain and update a list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity, according to the OEHHA.
Businesses must warn customers if their products contain these ingredients.
One of the ingredients, acrylamide, can be found in many fried or baked foods and is ‘known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.’
The Proposition 65 warning is also but on alcoholic beverages, fish (which contain mercury), and certain balsamic vinegars (which can contain lead).
Viral: TikTok users have been tickled by Bexie’s video, flooding her with comments of support and agreement
TikTok users have been tickled by Bexie’s video, flooding her with comments of support and agreement.
‘People are so worried about the vaccine when they don’t even pay attention what’s in their food,’ wrote one.
‘It’s pretty strange that my fetus be craving Taco Bell sometimes,’ wrote another.
‘You afraid of a vaccine but will eat anything like they don’t put chemicals in it,’ said one more.
‘My old boss swears against the vaccine but gets Botox amongst other things and eats Taco Bell on the daily!’ said yet another.
CDC says that there is NO evidence that ANY vaccine – including ones for COVID – cause infertility
Despite arguments from anti-vaxxers and vaccine skeptics, there is no scientific evidence that vaccines contribute to infertility.
The CDC says that the COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for everyone age 12 and up, including women who are pregnant or might become pregnant in the future.
There is no evidence that the vaccines cause loss of fertility for men or women.
In fact, many people have gotten pregnant since getting vaccinated.
Backing up the CDC, the U.K.’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found that ‘there is no pattern … to suggest that any of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the UK increase the risk of congenital anomalies or birth complications.’
‘Pregnant women have reported similar suspected reactions to the vaccines as people who are not pregnant,’ the MHRA said.
However, getting COVID-19 can impact fertility in men.
According to Scientific American, studies have shown that COVID-19 interferes with erections even nine months after infection.
‘COVID affects the blood vessels that supply organs, and the penis is not much different from other organs that require a lot of blood,’ said Ranjith Ramasamy, director of reproductive urology at the University of Miami.
The virus also calls damage in the testes. However, he and his colleagues found no negative changes to fertility after vaccination.