On Thursday, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that there will be an “emergency meeting” of its advisers to discuss reports of heart inflammation in those who took the mRNA-based Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
Two hundred twenty-six people reported having this side effect, most of them young males. Forty-one have symptoms, fifteen are still hospitalized, and three are in the intensive care unit. Fortunately, this report is small compared to the 130 million people who have been vaccinated.
Dr. Bob Lahita, Director of Institute for Autoimmune claimed, “You’re seeing these inflammatory signs in the chest and it is transient. It comes and it goes very quickly within three days in most young people who get the symptom.”
“It’s a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison because, again, these are preliminary reports. Not all these will turn out to be true myocarditis or pericarditis reports,” said Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, a CDC vaccine safety official.
Pfizer also announced last week that it had decided on doses to use in a clinical trial in children as young as 6 months old and hoped to submit data by October. On Thursday, Moderna received FDA’s permission to give its mRNA vaccine to adolescents.
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccine is effective against protecting us from variants in South Africa, Brazil, and Britain. However, there is a new Deli variant in India that is reported to be transmissible and infectious.
Unfortunately, younger adults have not complied with the vaccination protocol, yet Lahita believes that it’s critical for them to be vaccinated. “If that variant is in the U.S. it is likely to infect all of us and perhaps young people, those young people who are not vaccinated can transmit that variant to adults who are not vaccinated.”
Since the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, many children have not been vaccinated for other common diseases like Measles and Diphtheria. According to a Blue Cross study, 40% of children have missed their shots which is called “Well Child Check-up.” Lahita says that it’s important that children get vaccinated with these diseases as well, being that school will be opening back up.