| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

Eight heart inflammation cases among young kids who got COVID-19 shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States stated on Thursday that it had received reports of eight occurrences of myocarditis, a kind of heart inflammation, in children aged 5 to 11 who had received Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccination.

The CDC formerly said that reporting rates of myocarditis for males aged 16 to 17 years old might be more than 69 cases per million second doses delivered, and roughly 40 cases per million second doses for boys aged 12 to 15 years old.

The CDC did not explain if it believes there is a relationship between the myocarditis cases and the vaccine, nor did it provide the rate of myocarditis in the age group that did not get immunization.

The agency said there had been over 7 million vaccine doses in the 5-11 age group at the time it examined the data, with 5.1 million first doses and 2 million second doses. The cases had a mild clinical course, the CDC said.

The cases were reported in the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and presented by the CDC to a panel of its expert advisers.

  • Reuters