More Updates and Concerns By The CDC and FDA Latest Covid-19 Shot. So What Does This Latest Concern Mean?

By Lawrence Jones, Ph.D.

Let’s face it all medications and all vaccines have their risks. However, some are riskier than others. Riskier means the side effects may have mild to life-threatening side effects depending on the drug and the person. Although the public experienced the mRNA Moderna and Pfizer vaccine for the first time two years ago, the technology has been well-researched for over three decades. Unfortunately, the funding was lacking, but it took the pandemic to have the budget to expedite vaccine production.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s Operation Warp Speed funded the first million of COVID Vaccine doses. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Friday that a possible safety issue in which people 65 and older may be at risk of having an ischemic stroke 21 days after receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech bivalent shot, compared with days 22-44.” This announcement may be rare; however, safety concerns must be reported. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been working tirelessly and overtime during these last three years since the United States has been inundated with the onslaught of the COVID-19 virus.

Just recently, Reuters (January 13, 2023) reported that a safety monitoring system cautioned that Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shot could be linked to a type of brain stroke in older adults. In addition, Leonard and Gardner (January 13, 2023) report that millions of doses of the messenger-RNA Covid vaccines made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna have shown an elevated risk of myocarditis and pericarditis inflammation of the heart muscle and membrane after the second mRNA vaccine dose among males ages 12 to 39, with those in their late teens and 20s most affected.. Jones recently covered this topic (November 14, 2022) in The Narrative Matters. The CDC recommends that everyone ages six months and older stay up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination.

The upcoming months will usher in some people taking their fourth, fifth, and possibly sixth booster. Every person’s physiology and disposition are different. There will continually be updated on the vaccines and boosters. We urge everyone to discuss their concerns with their physician, nurse, or other healthcare providers.

References:

Erickson, E. (2022). Expert answers to the top three concerns about COVID-19 vaccine safety. Expert answers to the top three concerns about COVID-19 vaccine safety - Plan Blog (healthpartners.com)

Jones, L. (November 14, 2022). Research on long term risks of myocarditis after covid vaccination is now being closely studied. Research on possible long-term risks of myocarditis after Covid vaccination is now being closely studied - The Narrative Matters The Narrative Matters. St. Louis, MO

Leonard, B. and Gardner, L. (January 13, 2023). CDC, FDA see possible link between Pfizer’s bivalent shot and strokes. CDC, FDA see possible link between Pfizer’s bivalent shot and strokes - POLITICO

Reuters. (2023).U.S. FDA, CDC see early signal of Pfizer bivalent COVID shot's link to stroke. https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/us-says-pfizers-bivalent-covid-shot-may-be-linked-stroke-older-adults-2023-01-13/

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