CDC: Unexpectedly High Number of Young Adults Suffering Heart Problems After 2nd COVID Shot
The Western Journal, A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report revealed Thursday that an unexpectedly high number of young adults are experiencing heart inflammation after receiving their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
According to the preliminary study, there have been 275 confirmed cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in people ages 16 to 24 who have received two doses of Pfizer's or Moderna's vaccine, CNBC reported.
The study was presented to an advisory panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Scientists initially expected there to be between 10 and 102 cases of the conditions, which involve the heart muscle or lining becoming inflamed.
Among people age 30 and younger, there have been 475 reported cases. "We clearly have an imbalance there," Dr. Tom Shimabukuro said at the FDA meeting to discuss the use of COVID-19 vaccines in children as young as 6 months old.
Most patients have fully recovered. Fifteen were still hospitalized as of May 31, including three in intensive care.