Despite 55% of the US population being fully vaccinated, with 64% having received at least one dose, many remain hesitant. Many experts, who recognize that vaccines can have potential side effects, point out that these rare reactions need to be weighed against the reality of COVID-19 and that the stories about them shouldn't scare people from receiving what may be life-saving injections.
John Stokes, a 21-year-old athlete and student from Tennessee State University, is one such person who claims to have had an adverse reaction to a COVID-19 vaccine. In a TikTok since removed, he explained that he was hospitalized with myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart and a previously known potential reaction to the vaccine, shortly after receiving his second dose of Pfizer vaccine.
Stokes, who filmed the video from his hospital bed, was eventually told he was ineligible to continue playing at least the fall portion of his senior golf season, as he was warned not to increase the frequency. cardiac. Before TikTok removed the video, it had received 4.5 million views.
Stokes says in an interview with Yahoo Life that he developed common and temporary flu-like side effects, which included muscle aches. However, his chest pain soon got worse: "I told my parents something was wrong and we called the doctor.
He told me to go to the emergency room. They diagnosed me with myocarditis and told me it was due to the vaccine. I was hospitalized. For several days later. " Eventually, the extreme pain subsided, although he says he still has chest pain which is, however, more manageable.
Many medical professionals are concerned about the speed at which Stokes' video circulated, not because he was sharing misinformation, but because stories like this, especially those that accompany a call to action to reconsider the vaccine, can give people a false sense of real risks.
Dr Eric Stecker, president of the American College of Cardiology Science and Quality Council, tells Yahoo Life: "It is very natural and appropriate to ask whether the risk of myocarditis is worth it, when the risk of critical illness or death is.
very low for people under the age of 30. The key is to recognize that the risk that COVID-19 poses for adolescents and young adults is far from zero. Indeed, because the Delta variant is so transmissible and vaccination rates in Younger age groups are low, ICUs across the country are filling up with younger patients than they have at any point in the pandemic.
" Stokes's experience may make people feel uncertain or even frightened, but Stecker points out that the data is still on the vaccination side.