8-year-old boy develops myocarditis after second COVID shot

An eight-year old boy was diagnosed with myocarditis two days after receiving the second dose of a COVID vaccine, and his condition may have been triggered by the vaccine, Taiwan’s Public Service Television (PTS) news reported yesterday, June 24.

The second-grader in Kaohsiung City was administered the second dose of the Moderna shot on June 17, and developed a fever and chest pain on June 19. Doctors at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital diagnosed the boy as suffering from myocarditis and said that the condition may have been triggered by the vaccine, the PTS News report stated.

The boy’s father warned other parents not to rush their children to get the second shot, questioning whether the interval between the first and second shot is too tight.

Taiwan began administering the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to children between six and 11 years of age on June 17.

PTS quoted a family member who said that the boy developed a fever of 37-38 degrees, and his chest felt tight and a little sore. “The doctor said it was myocarditis caused by the vaccine. He also said this was the first case of its kind in Kaohsiung.”

The PTS report also quoted pediatrician Chen Ying-yao as saying “Everyone’s constitution is different, as is everyone’s physical condition when they get vaccinated. Every batch of vaccines leaving the factory is also probably different.”

Chinese language media outlets, including China Times reported Taiwan Ministry of Health and Welfare Central Epidemic Command Center spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) as saying that male children are a group that are more prone to developing myocarditis after receiving the mRNA vaccine. In the USA the proportion of male children with myocarditis after the first dose of an mRNA vaccine is 0.2 per million, and after the second dose is 2.6 per million.

Chuang said that in Taiwan, more than one million children have been vaccinated and there were two cases reported after receiving the first dose. So the current rate of myocarditis cases among children in Taiwan stands at 1.8 per million after the first dose.

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