Reports of a rare heart inflammation have been linked to the second dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention safety group said there’s a “likely association” between a rare heart condition in kids and young adults after they have received their second COVID-19 vaccine shot.
The vaccines in the study that has caused the side effects were made by Pfizer and Moderna.
More than 1,200 cases have been reported, mostly mild, and more often in young men and boys. 500 of these Americans were younger than the age of 30.
The heart problems reported are myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle; and pericarditis, inflammation of the lining around the heart. However, experts say these side effects are very rare.
Ohio’s chief medical officer and cardiology experts are holding a press conference Thursday morning to update the public on COVID-19, and the possible link between vaccines and myocarditis.
Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff will be joined by Dr. Saurabh Rajpal and Dr. Simon Lee to discuss this latest CDC study.
A recent Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that nearly one-third of Americans are waiting for full FDA approval before they say they would feel comfortable getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The existing vaccines in circulation have only been given emergency use authorization by the FDA, and officials say that once the full clearance has been passed down, there may be a significant uptick in vaccination mandates from employers.
“Once you have full FDA approval there’s very little standing in the way of a company requiring you to get vaccinated,” said Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Amy Edwards.
Dr. Edwards also thinks getting vaccines into primary care doctor’s offices would help if they can be stored and administered safely.