The CDC is getting more reports than expected of heart inflammation cases after the COVID-19 vaccinations, according to Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office.
“Of the 1,226 reports of post-vaccination heart inflammation — a jump from under 800 — 827 were for myocarditis or pericarditis after dose 2. Another 267 were after dose 1. The rest were reports after an unknown dose,” The Epoch Times reported.
The Pfizer vaccine triggered most of the cases, although a few were reported after Moderna’s. The majority of the patients were male, with 40% of them age 29 or younger.
Shimabukuro revealed the news in a presentation Wednesday, June 23, 2021, to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
A pediatric cardiologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the co-chair of the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group also spoke, saying the data suggest that “mRNA vaccines may be a trigger for myocarditis” and there is a “likely association of myocarditis with mRNA vaccination in adolescents and young adults.”