FDA plans to warn of rare myocarditis risk following COVID-19 vaccination

FDA has acknowledged that myocarditis and pericarditis are rare possible complications for patients receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech. The agency, however, estimated that the condition occurs in 12.6 out of one million recipients of the vaccine aged 12 to 39. 

The conditions appear to be more common in males. 

The FDA warning will state that health officials have observed myocarditis or pericarditis in a limited number of people after receiving the second vaccine dose. The onset of symptoms usually occurred within several days to a week. The warning will recommend that people with post-vaccination myocarditis or pericarditis symptoms seek medical care. 

Federal officials, however, continue to stress that the benefits of the mRNA vaccines clearly outweigh the risks. In an HHS statement, multiple health officials from the public and private sector stress that the heart issue is “an extremely rare side effect, and only an exc…

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Preliminary data point to possible link between myocarditis and mRNA COVID-19 vaccines

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The theme of myocarditis and pericarditis following mRNA vaccination emerged in today’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting, which reviewed preliminary safety data of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in children aged 12 to 15. The risk, however, appears to be small.

As of May 31, there were 116 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis after the first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. There were 100 for the first dose of Moderna vaccine. The problem, however, appears to be more common after the second dose. The government has collected 372 reports of myocarditis or pericarditis after the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine and 201 for the Moderna vaccine.

Early data suggests a connection between the mRNA vaccines and myocarditis and pericarditis. Out of 2.3 million doses administered to 16-to-17-year-olds, the VAERS database lists 79 cases of myocardit…

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