More than 300 cases of heart inflammation after Covid-19 vaccinations have been reported in young people, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday, prompting an investigation into whether the condition is being directly caused by the vaccine.
The agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’s meeting, originally scheduled for Friday, was moved to June 24 and June 25 in observance of the Juneteenth holiday weekend.
“This may be coincidental, a person may be predisposed to this, it may be as we see often in this vaccine that our own immune system starts reacting in an inflammatory way against
our own muscles,” said Dr. Michael Welch, an allergist and immunologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, where eight boys have been admitted after suffering painful heart muscle inflammation after getting vaccinated.
According to the county, 105,308 people age 12 to 17 have been vaccinated, meaning that the eight reported to experience heart symptoms represent 0.007 percent of all vaccine ecipientsecipients.
Still, the cases of either myocarditis or pericarditis, which involve inflammation of the heart or the surrounding tissue, are higher than what would be expected for this age group.
The shot from Pfizer-BioNTech is the only one authorized so far for children ages 12 through 17, though young adults 18 and older can receive either Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson’s vaccines.
According to the county, 105,308 people age 12 to 17 have been vaccinated, meaning that the eight reported to experience heart symptoms represent 0.007 percent of all vaccine ecipients.
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