To our patients and their families,
We are aware of the ongoing evaluation of the COVID-19 vaccine safety data, especially as it relates to the confirmed cases of myocarditis (inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall) in people ages 12 to 29.
As of June 11th, the CDC had confirmed 323 of these cases approximately 1 week after one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer or Moderna were received. Most of these cases were reported after the second dose and primarily in males.
Recent Vaccine Data
The data indicates there is a “likely association” between the mRNA-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines. However, in an article (linked below) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), they recently stated, “’The facts are clear: this is an extremely rare side effect, and only an exceedingly small number of people will experience it after vaccination,’ health officials and medical organizations said in a statement last Wednesday. ‘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.’”
As of the most recent data and health official feedback, it has been indicated that the benefits of vaccination still far outweigh the risks of myocarditis/pericarditis. The CDC, Department of Health and Human Services, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all continue to support the need for vaccination, even in teen males.
Anderson Hills Pediatrics is also in support of this information and continues to provide the Pfizer vaccine to patients 12 years of age or older.
COVID Vaccine Clinic
Our next vaccine clinics are on July 8th and 9th at our Amelia location from 2:00-4:00PM. We welcome your call to get your child/children scheduled for their vaccine at 513-232-8100.
Your Anderson Hills Pediatrics Team