Albany County health commissioner stresses vaccine remains safe | WNYT.com

Albany County health commissioner stresses vaccine remains safe

Sam Hesler
Updated: May 24, 2021 06:41 PM
Created: May 24, 2021 12:56 PM

The Centers for Disease Control is looking into reports that a small number of young adults who received the COVID-19 vaccine experienced heart inflammation, and Albany County Health Commissioner Dr. Elizabeth Whalen is reacting to the report.

Dr. Whalen says they have not seen any instances of myocarditis in Albany County at this point, and they've given out thousands of doses to teens.

The CDC says cases of myocarditis or heart inflammation have occurred in a small number of teens, predominantly young men.

Symptoms seem to occur more often after the second dose of an MRNA vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna, and within the first few days of vaccination.

Most of these cases appear to be very mild. However, Dr. Whalen stresses that the CDC has not determined that the vaccine caused the heart condition, and she says in order to say there's a cause, it would have to be above what's expected in a normal population.

While CDC officials continue to sift through the data, she says it is something to keep an eye on, and Whalen says parents should always consult with a child's pediatrician or trusted health professional. She also believes there's an important message that people should take from this.

Hear what it is by watching the video of Sam Hesler's story.


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