Childhood vaccinations for COVID-19 have become a controversial sticking point for many parents concerned about reported cases of heart inflammation that have been tied to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
“Rare cases of heart inflammation could be linked to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, according to new research, but medical experts say the risk of the conditions is still far lower than the risks of serious illness or death from contracting COVID-19,” ABC in Australia reported last week.
“Two new US studies published today looked at a combined 27 people who developed myocarditis — a rare inflammation of the heart muscle — within days of having the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines,” the report continued.
The report prompted a medical researcher, who is often attributed as the ‘inventor of the mRNA vaccine,’ to weigh in on the findings.
“I suspect that the peri- and myocarditis will be tracked to microcoagulopathy in cardiac vessels due to spike protein effects,” Dr. Robert Malone remarked on Twitter.
“Does the problem of spike migrating to all organs exist for protein based vaccines aswell? or only with gene therapy based vaccines?” a commenter asked.
“[G]enerally not, but at this point it should be investigated,” Dr. Malone replied. “The ‘tell’ is in the adverse events. That is why I am so enthusiastic about the novavax product becoming available. It will basically serve nicely as an ‘active control’ for comparing adverse event profiles.”
The Centers for Disease Control advisory group last week released a statement on the ‘likely link’ between COVID-19 vaccinations and heart inflammation in rare cases. In over 300 cases of reported myocarditis or pericarditis, a Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccination preceded the heart condition.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group noted the adverse reaction in vaccinated males between the ages of 16 and 24. The development of the heart condition was observed in adolescents and young adults and was considerably higher after the second dose in males.
Earlier, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the use of the experimental Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccines in children as young as 12. That guidance has not been reversed, despite the concerning early findings.
It is simple demonstrably not true that ‘the risk of the conditions is still far lower than the risks of serious illness or death from contracting COVID-19.’ An examination of CDC data shows approximately 324 deaths occurred to persons under 18 throughout the entire course of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meanwhile, over 300 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis have occurred following an administration of a COVID vaccine to a young person in a matter of months. If the reaction to childhood COVID vaccines is “rare,” then so are the illness and mortality risks.
Rep. Thomas Massie, a scientists who graduated from MIT, further illustrated that the risks are not inconsequential.
Children and young adults are the least likely to suffer from COVID-19 and the most likely to experience myocarditis as a result of the vaccine. No one should be forced to take this vaccine. It’s especially wrong to force this vaccine on those who have recovered from the virus. pic.twitter.com/HGE1LXoMKc
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) June 23, 2021
“No one should be forced to take this vaccine,” Rep. Massie said. “It’s especially wrong to force this vaccine on those who have recovered from the virus.”
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