‘Very small risk’ of heart inflammation after second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine: Singapore expert committee

SINGAPORE: There could also be a “very small risk” of coronary heart irritation after the second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, mentioned the government-appointed professional committee on COVID-19 vaccination in Singapore. 

In a media launch on Friday (Jun 11), the committee mentioned it’s carefully monitoring worldwide experiences that the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines could also be related to a small danger of myocarditis and pericarditis in younger males. 

Myocarditis and pericarditis are inflammatory situations that have an effect on the center muscle tissue and the outer lining of the center respectively. 

Elevated occurrences of myocarditis and pericarditis after the second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccinations have been noticed in Israel and america, and in adolescents and younger males youthful than 25 years.

Singapore makes use of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines for its nationwide vaccination programme. Each are mRNA-based vaccines.

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In a separate replace, the Well being Sciences Authority (HSA) mentioned Israel, which makes use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, just lately introduced that there could also be a possible hyperlink between the second dose and the onset of myocarditis in males aged between 16 and 30 years previous in its inhabitants. 

The hyperlink was discovered stronger among the many youthful age group of 16 to 19 years previous. 

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Whereas no different nation has highlighted the same causal hyperlink so far, the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) has reported that it has noticed extra instances of myocarditis and pericarditis in male sufferers aged between 16 and 24 years previous. 

“Nonetheless, they have stressed that investigations are ongoing, and they have not made any conclusion about a causal link,” mentioned HSA. 


Myocarditis and pericarditis happen extra typically in males in comparison with girls. Signs embody chest ache, shortness of breath or irregular heartbeats. 

Most instances are gentle and sufferers get better with out the necessity for vital intervention, nor do they endure from any long-term results. The professional committee added that very not often, extreme instances could end in injury to the center muscle tissue. 

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The 2 situations are separate and distinct from coronary heart assaults, that are induced when the blood move to the center is blocked. 

In Singapore, HSA mentioned it has obtained six such experiences as of Jun 7. Two of the instances concerned a person and a girl older than 40 years previous. The opposite 4 instances concerned males aged between 18 and 30 years previous. 

“(The four cases) are at the upper end of the expected range for this age group, based on background incidence rates,” mentioned HSA. 

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A lot of the instances have been reported to have occurred inside just a few days after receiving the second dose of the vaccine. All have recovered or have been discharged effectively from the hospital. 

Though the native numbers are small, the sample of prevalence after the second COVID-19 vaccine and in younger males is in step with what has been noticed within the US and Israel, that are the 2 main customers of the mRNA vaccines, mentioned HSA.

Those that developed myocarditis and pericarditis responded effectively to therapy and recovered, added HSA. 

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“Overall, the benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines continue to outweigh the known risks of COVID-19 disease and its severe complications in a pandemic,” it added. 

The authority has additionally knowledgeable the Ministry of Well being (MOH) and the professional committee of its evaluation. 

“We will also continue to monitor this closely and take the relevant and necessary regulatory actions,” mentioned HSA. 

The committee mentioned it has reviewed the accessible worldwide and native information. 

“Our assessment is that the benefits of receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, i.e., reduction in COVID-19 infections and severe complications even if infected, continue to outweigh the risks of vaccination.”

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As additional research and investigations are ongoing, the at the moment accessible information means that there could also be a “very small risk” of myocarditis and pericarditis after the second dose of an mRNA vaccine, significantly in younger males, mentioned the professional committee

As a precaution, the committee really useful that these vaccinated, significantly adolescents and youthful males, ought to keep away from strenuous bodily exercise for one week after their second dose. 

They need to additionally search medical consideration promptly in the event that they develop chest ache, shortness of breath or irregular heartbeats. 

“COVID-19 continues to be a health threat globally and in Singapore. 

“The emergence of infectious variants can result in widespread neighborhood COVID-19 transmission in addition to the danger of extreme COVID-19 illness and issues, together with long run persistent issues,” mentioned the committee. 

It that the advantages of mRNA COVID-19 vaccination proceed to outweigh the identified and potential dangers. 

HSA and MOH can even proceed to watch the protection profile of the COVID-19 vaccines carefully and replace members of the general public of any vital security issues detected with the vaccines. 

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