Despite widespread assurances that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, many Americans have resisted public pressure and mandates to receive the newly approved series of shots.
Now, a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising new concerns regarding cases of heart inflammation in children after receiving a vaccination.
Multiple reports in kids 5 to 11
In the agency’s report, according to Fox Business, is the alarming admission that there have been reports of at least eight children between 5 and 11 who experienced myocarditis following a Pfizer shot.
The CDC appears to have first learned of these cases through the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which allows vaccinated individuals to report any side effects they might experience.
After learning of the potential link between the vaccine and heart inflammation in children, the CDC followed up with a panel of expert advisers.
Evidence suggested that cases often presented symptoms within a week of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and were more common among boys than girls.
Despite the risk, the CDC continues to advise parents that the benefits of vaccinating young children are even greater.
“Possibly severe complications”
In its statement, the agency declared: “The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.”
As for those few children who experienced the negative outcome, the CDC indicated that they “felt better quickly” after receiving medical care and getting plenty of rest.
Of course, many critics of the push to vaccinate young children continue to note that the age group is generally at low risk of experiencing major complications related to the pandemic virus.
Furthermore, the speed at which vaccines were approved has left some Americans wondering whether there are any unknown short- and long-term risks associated with inoculating children. In addition to the heart inflammation cases, the CDC has also recently confirmed that blood clots could be associated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
If nothing else, millions of Americans continue to insist that they should at least be allowed to decide for themselves whether to get vaccinated.