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A Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Photo: Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

The CDC concluded Wednesday there is a "likely association" between heart inflammation and COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, especially in adolescents and young adults, but still see a clear benefit for the group to get the shot.

The big picture: The findings presented by the agency’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices coincide with similar data — that men under 30 make up a larger proportion of cases especially after the second shot, and the condition is rare and treatable.

What's happening: As a result, the agency will continue to track results long-term and officials agreed to add a warning about the risk to information sheets for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

  • If myocarditis occurs after a first dose, the agency recommends the second should be deferred until more information is known. If the person has recovered, they can proceed to the second dose.
Photo: COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in adolescents and young adults: Benefit-risk discussion slides from the CDC ACIP meeting.

By the numbers: The CDC identified 12.6 cases per million second doses of any mRNA vaccine in the 21 days following vaccination.

  • 309 out of 323 were hospitalized; 295 out of those were discharged and nine remain in the hospital with two in ICU; five are without outcome data, as of June 11.
  • Roughly 300 million of the shots had been administered as of June 11, the agency said.

Be smart: The risk of severe illness due to COVID-19 even in young people is still greater, the agency says.

  • This type of myocarditis or pericarditis that has been linked to the mRNA vaccines appear to be more mild compared to the traditional condition.

Go deeper

Tina Reed, author of Vitals
Sep 16, 2021 - Health

Gottlieb: CDC hampered U.S. response to COVID

The CDC moved too slowly at several points in the coronavirus pandemic, ultimately hindering the U.S. response, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb writes in a new book, Uncontrolled Spread.

The big picture: The book argues that American intelligence agencies should have a much bigger role in pandemic preparedness, even if that's sometimes at the expense of public health agencies like the CDC.

22 hours ago - Health

Italy to mandate COVID health pass for all workers

Italian minister of public administration Renato Brunetta. Photo: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

The Italian government mandated on Thursday that all workers must show proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test or recent recovery from infection, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's announcement is one of the strictest pandemic measures in the world and makes Italy the first country in Europe to introduce such a sweeping mandate, per Reuters.

Sep 16, 2021 - Health

Los Angeles County to require vaccination proof at indoor bars

A busy bar in Pasadena after reopening in June. Photo: Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Los Angeles County will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry to indoor drinking establishments including bars, nightclubs, wineries and breweries next month, officials announced Wednesday.

The big picture: Customers and employees in the nation's most populous county will have to show proof at such drinking venues that they've had at least one vaccine dose from Oct. 7 and both by Nov. 4. It's not mandatory at restaurants but is encouraged, per an L.A. County Public Health statement.

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