On May 12 of last year, school teacher Emily Jo took her 14-year-old son Aiden to get his first Pfizer vaccine dose. The public health authorities and her son's pediatrician unanimously recommended vaccination, prompting her decision. She knew that mRNA shots caused some number of adverse events, like all vaccines, but was re-assured by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and White House's public recommendation.
"The talk amongst the mainstream medical community was that vaccine myocarditis was mild and that this was very rare," she told me.
Moreover, Emily Jo was never warned of the myocarditis risk or informed about the risk-benefit profile.
"When I took Aiden to get his vaccines at the drive-through vaccination site, there was no warning about myocarditis. We were not counseled about any side effects to be aware of," she said.
However, her pride and relief turned out to be quite short-lived. Two days after her son's second vaccine dose (which he got a month after his first), he ended up in the hospital after complaining about intense chest pain. He was moved to a room on the acute cardiac floor where he was found to have elevated troponin levels (a key sign of heart damage) and an abnormal electrocardiogram. Every doctor Emily Jo spoke to at the pediatric hospital Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta confirmed her son had vaccine-induced myocarditis.
Given her son's dire condition, Emily worried Aiden might die or suffer from a catastrophic injury. Thankfully, after four distressful days at the hospital, Aiden's troponin levels returned to baseline and he was discharged. However, this didn't mean he could return to his normal life. Aiden was unable to do physical activity for six months.
"I had no idea how life altering 'mild' myocarditis actually is. I have a very hard time with the label 'mild' for anything that requires hospitalization and months of inactivity," Emily Jo said.
The most serious concern with Aiden's vaccine injury isn't the harrowing experience itself, but the frequency at which it occurs. Virtually any substance or medication will produce a diverse range of reactions across the human population. As Sam Harris has correctly noted, if you administer peanuts to everyone, there will be some number of fatalities and cases of anaphylaxis.
The rare incidence of life-threatening anomalies doesn't mean that peanuts produce a net harm or should be banned altogether. Tragic interactions with any kind of externality are often exaggerated and exploited to justify irrational ideological agendas. For example, officer Derek Chauvin's treatment of George Floyd paved the way for "Abolish the Police" initiatives.
"The long term impacts of the persistent scars that are apparent in follow-up on cardiac MRI are also unknown," he added.
Koka believes it was "apparent by April there was a real safety signal," and he questions why public health authorities "didn’t make decisions starting then to at least inform the public about this potential side effect at that point. "
Instead of mitigating risks by further spacing vaccine doses, recommending Pfizer over Moderna, and being honest about near-zero risks of severe outcomes in younger, healthy groups, Big Pharma in collusion with the government seemingly opted for universal decrees.
Looking back on the CDC and Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) possible negligence and recklessness, Khoka stated the harm perpetrated was "unconscionable."
“Last y[ea]r, the NEJM described a 22-yr-old that died from vax-induced myocarditis & I've heard of many more cases. I have never heard of a young healthy person with nat[ural] immunity dying from Covid. Our gov't doctors have not been honest about the risks:benefit in young healthy people.”
I had been frankly hesitant to make such a statement since it isn't scientifically rigorous, but since this topic is becoming less taboo, I will say it now: I have heard (without deliberately seeking) of several vaccine myocarditis cases in healthy, young people but have heard of zero hospitalizations and deaths.
In light of the FDA and CDC’s push to vaccinate everyone with the bivalent booster—despite unknown myocarditis risks—hopefully more people will wake up and be skeptical of previously believed scientific dogmas.