Myocarditis and COVID Vaccine: A Risk Benefit Analysis
By Penelope Sullivan
Special to www.JenniferMargulis.net
Last Friday I awoke to see social media posts of seven previously healthy children lying in hospital beds, attached to medical machines. After receiving the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, these children were all diagnosed with inflammation of the heart muscle, a condition known as myocarditis.1,2,3
On June 16, 2021, Jacob Klynick, died. Less than three days after the Pfizer vaccine. He suffered a cardiac event. Jacob was thirteen years old.
Another teen, Simone Scott, developed myocarditis. Her condition was so severe she needed a heart transplant. The operation failed and she also died. Her heart problems began shortly after she received the Moderna vaccine.4,5
“I lost my only daughter,” her mother said. “I never thought I’d have to give up my daughter for the greater good of society. I do suspect it was the vaccine. If not directly, it played a role. I never knew that there was a risk for something as serious as this. I would have wanted to.”
Only a week earlier, a local 18-year-old boy experienced a heart attack and a local 20-year-old boy suffered a stroke, also following the COVID vaccine.
I asked myself, “Who will step forward to protect these children? When will we say, enough is enough?”
Teens with myocarditis flood the ICU
As if in answer, four hours later, I received a call from a pediatric nurse who is seeing a record number of teens in her ICU. She wanted to talk to me about her deep concern with the connection between myocarditis and COVID vaccine injections.
Her ICU currently has five in-patient and numerous outpatient teens dealing with myocarditis. I asked if this was normal. She said that this is the first time in her career that she’s seen this many children with myocarditis and that these heart issues have arisen directly following the COVID vaccine.
I asked if her hospital shared potential adverse reactions to the COVID-19 mRNA injections with staff members. She said no. The nurses are simply told that vaccines are “safe and effective.” She believes the number of children suffering from myocarditis at her hospital may be much higher. On other floors, nurses are treating teens with milder but similar symptoms. Myocarditis and COVID vaccine is not even on their radar and there could be even more children harmed by the COVID vaccine, but their cases are not being reported.
Myocarditis and COVID vaccine
After talking with this courageous nurse, I decided to find out more about myocarditis and COVID vaccine injections.
As I scanned the internet, I found dozens of headlines and news reports:
“Study: 7 US Teens Report Heart Inflammation after 2nd Pfizer Dose”6
“Israel Sees Probable Link Between Pfizer Vaccine and Myocarditis Cases”7
“18 Children and Young Adults Have Been Hospitalized in the State of Connecticut for Heart Related Issues After Receiving the Covid-19 Vaccine”8
”Young people, especially males, are developing myocarditis following mRNA vaccine injections.9
Media outlets worldwide, as well as the CDC, report that these are “mild” cases of heart inflammation. They’ve also reported that children with myocarditis are only spending a few days in the hospital, and that these cases are “exceedingly rare.” Because of all of this, health authorities continue to assert that the benefit of the injections outweigh the risk.10
So just how mild are these vaccine-derived injuries? Is the risk of developing myocarditis or other adverse reactions, including death, worth getting a COVID vaccine? What is the risk to benefit analysis?
Myocarditis and COVID vaccine injections
There had been nearly 800 reports of myocarditis and pericarditis reported as an adverse reaction after an mRNA vaccine via VAERS as of June 10.
At least 90 of these cases were in the 12-17 group and 526 cases were in the 17-44 age group.11
For 12-17 year-olds, these statistics only cover a 3-month span! Keep in mind that the United States only started vaccinating children and teens in early April 2021.
Myocarditis: How mild is mild?
Those who developed myocarditis after being vaccinated, also often exhibited common COVID and flu-like symptoms: fever, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, cough, diarrhea, poor appetite, abdominal pain, dizziness, as well as moderate to severe chest pain and difficulty breathing. Usually people were in the hospital for three to four days.
Fever reducers, pain medication, and steroids were used to reduce symptoms.11
What are the long lasting implications of heart inflammation in young people? Myocarditis is not a mild disease. As various studies on myocarditis indicate, there is a range of severity and subsequent outcomes.12,13 Untreated myocarditis can result in heart failure, heart attack, and stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Reporting adverse reactions
In people between the ages of three and 44, there have been a total of 134,334 injuries attributed to the COVID vaccine alone, as well as 213 deaths reported as of June 11.11 A total of 5,993 deaths have been reported so far temporally following COVID-19 vaccination in all age groups. (To contrast this with the number of people vaccinated in the United States, view this chart: https://usafacts.org/visualizations/covid-vaccine-tracker-states/.)
VAERS is not perfect. People in poor health and with pre-existing conditions may be more susceptible to vaccine injury. Older adults may also be more vulnerable to vaccine harm. At the same time, vaccination may not be the sole cause of adverse events. Since March of 2020, we’ve seen a similar conundrum. Health authorities have asserted that patients with multiple life-threatening health issues who died with COVID died from COVID itself. Covid deaths have been exaggerated. Similarly, some these deaths reported to VAERS, as some cases of myocarditis, may be unrelated to the vaccine.
On the other hand, a Harvard and HHS, Pilgrim study estimated that only 1% of vaccine adverse reactions are captured by VAERS.14,15 Many doctors simply ignore or even deny any correlation between vaccine and poor health outcomes. Others don’t even know this voluntary reporting system exists. Though the numbers are likely not 100% accurate, VAERS does capture signals. This lays the groundwork for further investigation to discover emerging health patterns after mass vaccination. And right now there is a very strong signal between myocarditis and COVID vaccine injections.
What is the risk of children developing COVID symptoms?
Studies around the world show that transmission of COVID is rare among children.
For example, in the fall of 2020, eleven school districts within North Carolina reopened schools, consisting of over 90,000 students and staff. Over the next nine weeks the state tracked positive case numbers of COVID-19 to determine if there were a high transmission rate of symptoms.16,17
After the 9-week period, it was determined that transmission was “extremely limited.” In fact, there was not a single case of child to adult transmission in the cohort.
Similar studies in both Sweden and Norway17,18,19 show very low transmission rates between children as well as between child to adult.
The CDC notes that fewer children than adults test positive for COVID. Those that do typically have mild symptoms or no symptoms whatsoever.20
When children do have symptoms, which is rare, these include: fever, chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, stomachache, tiredness, headache, muscle or body aches, poor appetite or poor feeding, especially in babies under 1 year old. These are almost identical to the symptoms children experience after an mRNA COVID shot.11
What about the rising COVID cases in children?
We are being bombarded with worrisome statistics. News headlines report that COVID is on the rise in children.
But are the children who test positive sick? Are they even exhibiting symptoms?
An international consortium of scientists recently argued that there has been a worldwide over-diagnosis of COVID cases.21 We know now that PCR testing can yield high numbers of false positives. “When a threshold of 35 cycles or higher is used, the probability that a person is infected is less than 3%.” In other words, used incorrectly, PCR testing can result in 97% false positives. Even the creator of the PCR test, Kary Mullis, says that this method of testing should not be used diagnostically.21
If PCR testing is not accurate, why are we still using it? The driving force behind vaccinating children is the “rising” case numbers. But the test determining these numbers is not intended to diagnose COVID. Healthy children are being told they are sick. For what reason? To justify vaccination? Which is in itself causing a host of side effects, including myocarditis.
Coming together to protect our children
We want our children to thrive. We want transparency of information so that we have better understanding of how medical interventions impact our loved ones. When we can truly remember our shared unity of purpose, we open our minds and can be listen and be curious.
ACIP is the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The connection between myocarditis and COVID vaccine injections was so concerning that ACIP called an emergency meeting for June 18. Then they canceled the meeting. The CDC decided to fold the discussion of myocarditis into ACIP’s regular meeting, June 23 to 25. They are taking public comment through the end of today (June 24).https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/index.html
The mainstream media often trivializes vaccine injury and demeans people, even medical doctors, public health authorities, and scientists, who question vaccines. These people are often dismissed as “anti-vaxxers.” The sad irony is that the vast majority of those in the medical freedom community are parents who did in fact vaccinate their children.
The media and pharmaceutical companies profit from fear mongering headlines and division. So anyone who simply asks questions about vaccine safety or efficacy or necessity is labeled as “anti-vaccine.”
But we have more in common than divides us. Though we may differ on exactly how and if we vaccinate, we all want our children to thrive. We want unbiased information, medicines that are properly safety tested, and the freedom to make decisions about our health in the privacy of a doctor’s office.
You know more about your health than the authorities
The “CDC says so” is an appeal to authority. The CDC is recommending we vaccinate children, even though there’s a signal between myocarditis and COVID vaccine. At the same time, this month the World Health Organization, another authority, stated clearly that children should not be vaccinated for COVID at this time. To complicate things further, this advice, via their website, has since been taken down.
Every health organization has its own bias. No health authority knows what’s best for you or your family. Though we’ve been told that there is no treatment for COVID, that is simply not true. Do your own research. Look at the studies by Peter McCullough, M.D., and Pierre Kory, M.D.23,24,25 Do realize that the state of your health is largely impacted by your choices, and that severity of symptoms of COVID and other diseases are greatly impacted by comorbidities.
Your voice matters
If you are concerned about adverse events, including myocarditis and COVID vaccine injections, it’s time to speak up. There are many wonderful organizations, including Children’s Health Defense, A Voice for A Choice Advocacy, PERK, and Stand Up California, helping people to get organized and involved.
We all care about health and safety. When we strive to remember this unity of purpose, we can open our minds, listen and be curious about other people’s perspectives, and come together to keep our children truly safe.
About the author: Penelope Sullivan, a Certified Family and Nutritional Herbalist, has been in the health field for 27 years, as both a practitioner and teacher. A medical freedom advocate, Ms. Sullivan is also the Nevada County Ambassador for Children’s Health Defense, California Chapter, as well as the founder of Nevada County for Vaccine Awareness. She’s passionate about encouraging dialogue on the topic of vaccines and informed consent. Her goal is to empower people to take charge of their health.