Heart inflammation cases in young men higher than expected after mRNA vaccines
A higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, according to data from two vaccine safety monitoring systems, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday. The CDC and other health regulators have been investigating heart inflammation cases after Israel's Health Ministry reported that it had found a likely link to the condition in young men who received Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. More than half of the cases reported to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System after people had received their second dose of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines were in people between the ages of 12 and 24, the CDC said. There were 283 observed cases of heart inflammation after the second vaccine dose in those aged 16 to 24 in the VAERS data. Shimabukuro said there was a predominance of males in younger age groups among the reported heart inflammation cases. Shimabukuro also said the Vaccine Safety Datalink - another safety monitoring system - showed an increased incidence of heart inflammation in 16 to 39 year olds after their second shot when compared to the rate observed after the first dose. Pfizer said it supports the CDC's assessment of the heart inflammation cases, noting that "The number of reports is small given the number of doses administered."