Centers for Disease Control bosses have called an emergency meeting over higher than expected cases of heart inflammation among young people who’ve had Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines.
They will gather on June 18 to discuss 226 plausible cases of heart inflammation – mainly affecting teenage boys and young men – who have had either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. CDC bosses say the number of cases is higher than expected, although still rare. On Thursday they announced they are investigating the issue in male teens and young adults after getting their second doses.
A total of 226 cases have been reported that may meet the CDC’s ‘working case definition’ of myocarditis and pericarditis following the shots, the agency said.
Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, and pericarditis is inflammation of the outer lining of the heart.
Among the 226, three are in intensive care, 15 are hospitalized, and 41 have ongoing symptoms. The rest – 167 – have recovered.
It is not clear if either condition is caused by the shots and the reports of cases are extremely rare.
The CDC continues to urge everyone aged 12 and older to get vaccinated.