I think it’s safe to say that few subjects have caused as much discussion, division and debate as the COVID19 pandemic. Whilst it looks as if we are returning to normal – or rather, to living in a similar fashion to that prior to COVID19, the reality is that so much has changed. These changes will continue to echo, probably for years to come, in a vast number of areas but none more so than in the field of medicine.
One of the most contentious debates is undoubtedly the one surrounding vaccines. The truth is, we are all still learning. We are learning about myocarditis in all its forms all the time. We are learning about post mRNA vaccines and about myocarditis post COVID19. We are learning about the differences between how myocarditis presented pre COVID and of course, how it presents in the post COVID era.
The lack of knowledge is frustrating as it seems that for every answer there are a further 20 questions. We are bombarded by opinions, “facts” and people shouting their views from a variety of media sources as well as from friends and relatives. Everyone means well but actually, the result can very often leave us feeling overwhelmed, scared and unsupported.
We understand this. We really do. We wish we could give you all the answers and be 100% sure of them but honestly, we cannot. The research is taking place all over the world and at paces that are unprecedented as researches strive to do their utmost to clear the waters and provide clear, easy to understand, relatable answers and yet despite this, we are still without definitive answers.
We have discussed this at length and whilst there is no right or wrong move at this stage, we have provides a few links for you to consider. As previously mentioned, there is so much available but we have made the decision to follow information and guidelines laid out by WHO, CDC and NHS.
COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in adolescents and young adults: Benefit-risk discussion (cdc.gov)
Myocarditis and Pericarditis Following mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination | CDC
COVID-19 subcommittee of the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS): updated guidance regarding myocarditis and pericarditis reported with COVID-19 mRNA vaccines
MHRA warns about myocarditis and pericarditis with Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines | Medicines Awareness Service (medicinesresources.nhs.uk)