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The coronavirus vaccine, like all other vaccines, could cause side effects. A swollen arm, tiredness, fever, and a headache are among the most commonly known side effects.

But, according to doctors and research experts, there is a small number of young adults who have reported heart problems following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer Moderna).

While speaking to NBC10 Philadelphia Dr. Arnold Baskies, chair of the global control advisory council said:

Currently there are a few rare static cases of what we call myocarditis, which is an inflammatory condition that affects the muscles of the heart.

The best data that we have on this actually comes from Israel. And in Israel they were looking at the vaccines earlier than we were and have a really good handle on the side effects – the potential side effects from the vaccine.

The bottom line is out of five million people who were vaccinated, there were about 62 cases of myocarditis which were related to the vaccination.

If it is going to occur, it will occur rarely. It will be after the second dose and usually within four days of the shot.

The rare condition seems to occur in men or teenagers between ages 16 to 30.

According to Dr. Baskies, myocarditis is an unusual side effect but the condition “gets better in the vast majority of people.

The doctor further added:

It gets better in the vast majority of people – it’s a sign that the vaccine has created an inflammatory condition and one of the things that can get affected is the heart muscle.

But it’s an extremely rare event. And that’s probably what the CDC is going to conclude when they look at all the data.

This is not a life-threatening type of problem, at least from the data we have so far.

A spokesperson for CDC pointed out that:

CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 12 years of age and older given the risk of COVID-19 illness and related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalisation, and even death.

The agency also recommended clinicians look for symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath and palpitation, and to consider myocarditis as a cause, while also ruling out other causes behind heart inflammation.

It added:

In this younger population, coronary events are less likely to be a source of these symptoms.

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and shouldn’t last longer than a week. Other side effects may include:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in
  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

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