Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisers said Wednesday that there is a “likely association” between Pfizer -BioNTech and Moderna ’s mRNA Covid-19 vaccines and an inflammatory heart condition in some younger individuals, but noted that cases were rare and that most patients quickly felt better.
The CDC and other health authorities still recommend Covid-19 vaccination for those age 12 and above, given the greater risk from Covid-19, which itself can cause myocarditis and other complications.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, which consists of pediatricians, infectious-disease doctors and other medical experts outside the CDC, is meeting through Friday to discuss the rare but serious heart inflammation after mRNA vaccines and other vaccine issues.
Around 1,200 cases of myocarditis and pericarditis following mRNA vaccines had been reported to a federal vaccine safety database as of June 11, according to a CDC presentation to the group.
To date, over 300 million doses of mRNA vaccine have been administered in the U.S., according to the CDC.
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