Health officials clear up confusion on COVID-19 vaccine

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – As reports of potential side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine emerge, health officials from Mayo Clinic Health System want to make sure people balance the risks and benefits from the vaccine.

Health officials say that the risk of Myocarditis after receiving mRNA vaccine is far less than the risk of Myocarditis following an actual COVID-19 infection.

Cases of Myocarditis following COVID-19 vaccinations are rare but tend to happen more in young males.

“Myocarditis relating to the covid vaccine tends to happen in young males. And it tends to occur after the second COVID vaccine. It tends to present with chest pain and in most cases, patients get better in a matter of days to weeks,” said Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Medicine Expert, Leslie Cooper.

Health experts at Mayo Clinic say the benefits of getting the vaccine outweigh the side effects.