Many Americans have raised concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, particularly as they pertain to children.
Those misgivings moved to the forefront recently after a 13-year-old boy died in his sleep just days after receiving his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, Breitbart reported.
As a result, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reportedly launched an investigation.
Loved ones speak out
Although that probe remains ongoing, a preliminary autopsy revealed that the child died from inflammation and fluid buildup around his heart, according to reports.
That finding appears to line up with prior CDC determinations that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had been linked to an increased, albeit incredibly rare, risk of myocarditis — an inflammation of the heart muscle — or pericarditis, an inflammation of the heart’s outer lining.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the CDC has now taken over the investigation into Jacob Clynick’s death. The teen received his second shot at a Walgreens store and died two days later.
His aunt, Tammy Burages, said Clynick complained of fatigue and fever after his shot and had an upset stomach the evening before his death. The boy’s family said he had no known pre-existing or underlying health conditions and Burages noted that the Saginaw County medical examiner reported that he had an enlarged heart surrounded by fluid at the time of his death.
CDC announces investigation
The Michigan Institute of Forensic Science and Medicine declined to confirm that finding and stated only that a CDC probe remained underway.
“There must be something that makes certain kids more susceptible to having a serious heart reaction, and I think Jacob was one of those kids,” Burages said, according to Breitbart. “So whatever that serious thing was, whatever the underlying health issue was, is something maybe that the autopsy will tell us.”
She acknowledged that any such revelation “is going to be months down the road and a lot of other kids will get the shot before then, so it would be nice to know now.”
Although the CDC has already acknowledged the apparent link between the vaccine and heart issues, especially young males, experts maintain that it is still considered safe and effective for those over the age of 12.
“The known and potential benefits of COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis,” the agency insists. “Also, most patients with myocarditis and pericarditis who received care responded well to treatment and rest and quickly felt better.”