NEWS & ANALYSIS

CDC Investigating Heart Inflammation in Young Adults Who Received COVID-19 Vaccine


The CDC is investigating reports of heart inflammation among teenagers and young adults who have received the COVID-19 vaccine

While the cases have been few and far between, it is important to be aware of the potential risks associated with the vaccine. 

Indeed, while there have been “relatively few” reports of “mild” cases of myocarditis, the CDC says that its COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group should investigate and communicate the findings of the investigation to those who have been inoculated. 

The agency noted that vaccines using the mRNA technology – Pfizer and Moderna – appear to be causing the heart issue. Vaccines using mRNA, which are somewhat uncommon, use messenger ribonucleic acid to create a protein that encourages immune response within a person. 

Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine uses an adenovirus that was rendered unable to replicate, the Epoch Times reports.

The reports of myocarditis have been mostly in adolescents and young adults, mostly males. The symptoms also show up after the second dose. 

“Most cases appear to be mild, and follow-up of cases is ongoing,” the agency said in a statement. They added that the advisory’s “members felt that information about reports of myocarditis should be communicated to providers.” 

“Further information should be collected through medical record review about potential myocarditis cases that were reported into VAERS,” according to the CDC, in reference to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. “Information about this potential adverse event should be provided to clinicians to enhance early recognition and appropriate management of persons who develop myocarditis symptoms following vaccination.”