Moreover, when non-COVID jabs are in combination with other shots, the average incidence of heart inflammation was just about 56 cases per million doses.
Myopericarditis following COVID mRNA shots was relatively more prevalent in younger men after their second dose. The incidence rate was 10-fold higher for men than for women under age 30.
Importance of the Study and Vaccine Administrations
According to the authors, the benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks of rare adverse outcomes like myopericarditis. Some benefits they highlighted include the following:
- Lower risk of infection
- Low hospitalization rates
- Less likelihood of severe diseases
- Lower number of deaths from COVID-19
They do, however, suggest that the results of this analysis may bring support to tweaking policies. For instance, they may offer non-mRNA COVID shots to boys. Although some factors, like vaccine availability, may also influence such decisions.
“These findings are important additions to the conversation when weighing the risk-benefits of COVID-19 vaccination and parents should be informed about the benefits and harms of COVID-19 vaccination, the local risk of exposure to COVID-19 infection at the time, and the risk of myopericarditis from COVID-19 infection itself at the time of vaccination of their adolescent children,” co-author of the study Dr. Kollengode Ramanathan of the National University of Singapore said.