Staff Contact: Keri Barclay
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices met to discuss reports of mild cases of inflammation of the heart muscle and surrounding tissue following COVID-19 vaccination among younger people. In response, the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and several other organizations released a joint statement on the safety and continued support of the COVID-19 vaccination of adolescents.
“The facts are clear: This is an extremely rare side effect, and only an exceedingly small number of people will experience it after vaccination. Importantly, for the young people who do, most cases are mild, and individuals recover often on their own or with minimal treatment. In addition, we know that myocarditis and pericarditis are much more common if you get COVID-19, and the risks to the heart from COVID-19 infection can be more severe.”
While most individuals will recover without a significant course of treatment, the CDC released clinical guidance for this patient population. All suspected cases of mRNA vaccine-related myocarditis and pericarditis should continue to be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.