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vaxx sake 80 cases of heart inflammation reported to medicines watchdog after getting Covid jab

Benefit in protecting people from impact of the virus still outweighs the risk of side effects

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Most were reported in people who got the Pfizer vaccine, with 10 notified after getting the Moderna jab. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Most were reported in people who got the Pfizer vaccine, with 10 notified after getting the Moderna jab. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Most were reported in people who got the Pfizer vaccine, with 10 notified after getting the Moderna jab. Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Ireland’s medicines watchdog has received reports of 80 people suffering a form of heart inflammation after getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

The latest report from the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) said 25 cases of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle, have been notified to date.

And 33 cases of pericarditis, inflammation of the heart lining, were reported with 22 incidences of both conditions.

Most were reported in people who got the Pfizer vaccine, and in men, with 10 notified after getting the Moderna jab. The median age of these was 35 years but some were 81 years old and five involved young people aged 12 to 17.

In its latest update on Covid-19 vaccines the HPRA said there may have been alternative reasons for these conditions in a number of cases and most were still recovering.

Overall, it received 15,424 notifications of suspected side effects to Covid-19 vaccines since the roll out at a time when 7.2 million doses of all four different Covid-19 jabs used here were administered.

It said the benefit of Covid-19 vaccines in protecting people from the impact of the virus still outweighs the risk of side effects.

“All vaccines have some side effects, the vast majority of which are mild to moderate in nature.

“These side effects need to be continuously balanced against the benefits in preventing Covid-19 illness.

“Overall, the national reporting experience continues to support the favourable assessment that the benefits of Covid-19 vaccines outweigh the risks.”

It comes as a new study shows the prevalence of lasting heart damage in Irish patients who developed long Covid after contracting the virus is low.

It provides some reassurance that the after-effects of the infection do not have a lasting impact on heart health.

The Setanta study was carried out by researchers at the Mater Private Network and the Royal College of Surgeons University of Medicine and Health Sciences.

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The largest prospective study on long Covid and heart health said residual symptoms after six months were common after infection.

They included fatigue, headache, fever, cough, loss of smell or taste, sore throat and skin rashes. New onset cardiac symptoms included shortness of breath, palpitations, dizziness and chest pain.

While one in 10 showed some evidence of fluid collection around the heart, less than 3pc displayed significant heart scarring, according to the study involving patients asked to participate through their GPs.

The mean age of the 100 patients was 45.

It comes as another 1,207 people were reported to have Covid-19 yesterday.

There are 355 Covid-19 patients in hospital, an increase of 12 in a day.

Of these, 69 are in intensive care, a fall of one.

Another 21 Covid-19 deaths were reported in the week to Tuesday with an average age of 80 among the deceased.

There have been 16 Covid-19 related deaths this month so far.

To date the pandemic has seen 5,280 Covid-19 related deaths. Some 86pc of the deceased had underlying conditions.

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