A few months ago, we learned about the small risk of heart inflammation after the COVID shot. In particular, our Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. That does not mean you shouldn’t get it though. Everyone 12 years and older should be vaccinated. This is to keep you, your family, and your community safe. The risks are minimal compared to the catastrophic damage the virus can do to your vital organs. Especially the heart and brain.
Dr. Majeed and I have seen it with our own eyes, back then we used to work in the hospital. However, we also used to see patients in the office, so we were in a unique position to see both sides of the story unfold. As you can imagine, the sickest patients were in the hospital. Most due to respiratory failure, meaning they needed oxygen so the rest of their body doesn’t shut down.
There were also admissions from complications of COVID infection. The worst being heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, the unthinkable also happened. A lot of people died. Over 606,000 people from the United States. The global count is at over 4 million. These are compelling reasons to get the COVID vaccine.
However, we respect your choice. If you get sick we will help you. We won’t treat you differently. But we will ask you to get the shot. That being said, please get your shot as soon as possible!! The question isn’t which COVID vaccine you should get, it is which arm??
About your heart… Don’t decide to start training for that marathon you’ve been thinking about for the last 10 years. Instead, go for a walk the week after each shot, and then get back into your regular exercise routine.