Did the Malaysia DG of Health confirm that COVID-19 vaccine recipients are getting myocarditis?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Did Malaysia Health DG Hisham Admit Risk Of Vaccine Myocarditis?
A Malaysian website called Samudera has been promoting their article on WhatsApp and Telegram, which warns readers that Malaysia DG of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, admitted that vaccine recipients are getting myocarditis.
This was the message they sent out on Telegram and WhatsApp (with our English translation in italics) :
Confirmed!! DG Hisham Sahkan Kes Radang Jantung Pada Penerima Vaksin
Confirmed!! DG Hisham Confirms Myocarditis In Vaccine Recipients
56% kes Radang Jantung dari penerima Pfizer!!
56% of myocarditis cases from Pfizer recipients!!
Lepas tu KJ nak suruh kita ambil & suntik anak2 kita pula??
And KJ (Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin) asked us to get the vaccine, and inject our kids too?
Anak dia bila nak suntik??
When will he inject his own children??
The message includes links to their article, and Telegram channel, both of which I removed because they are misleading.
For context, here is my English translation of what Samudera wrote in their article :
Director-General of Health, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed that 56% of myocarditis detected was related to the Pfizer vaccine, 36% related to Sinovac and 8% related to AstraZeneca.
According to him, at least 25 cases of myocarditis was detected within 3 weeks of receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations.
This admission by the Director-General of Health himself indirectly increases the concerns of some Malaysians towards vaccines, especially those using the mRNA technology.
In addition to warnings by American health authorities, the WHO also reported on the potential relationship between mRNA vaccines and myocarditis.
Truth : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk In Malaysia Less Than 1 In Million!
Samudera intentionally twisted Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah’s words, to suggest that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous.
That’s misleading and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!
The results that Samudera quoted is correct, but appears to be intentionally stripped of context.
Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah was speaking about the new SAFECOVAC study, which looked at the risk of myocarditis after COVID-19 vaccination in Malaysia.
It is true that 25 myocarditis events were observed within 21 days of COVID-19 vaccination, but that was after 33 million doses were administered in Malaysia!
In other words, the vaccine myocarditis risk in Malaysia was less than 1 in a million doses!
Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!
Fact #2 : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Only Slightly Higher With mRNA Vaccines
Samudera curiously ignored the incidence data, and only tells their readers that 56% of vaccine myocarditis cases in Malaysia are related to the Pfizer vaccine.
That’s the wrong way to look at the risk, because it automatically goes up the more you use a particular vaccine, and a majority of vaccine recipients received the Pfizer vaccine.
The correct way is to look at the incidence rate per million doses, which shows that the vaccine myocarditis risk of the Pfizer vaccine is only slightly higher than that of the AstraZeneca and Sinovac vaccines.
|Age Groups||Myocarditis Events
(Per Million Doses)
|Over 30 Years||1.0||NA||0.6|
|30 Years + Younger||0.87||NA||0.49|
Fact #3 : Myocarditis Risk From COVID-19 Is Much Higher!
What Samudera and other anti-vaccination websites / activists don’t tell you is that – COVID-19 patients suffer from myocarditis too!
In fact, the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is much, MUCH higher than the risk of getting myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination.
Using the new SAFECOVAC data, I extrapolated the risk of getting THREE DOSES of COVID-19 vaccines against the risk of a single COVID-19 infection :
Look at the results! If you are worried about myocarditis, you should definitely want to AVOID getting infected with COVID-19.
Fact #4 : Vaccine Myocarditis Generally Mild
Myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination is generally mild, and patients respond well to medication and rest.
We just need to be cognisant about the symptoms, and seek medical attention when we notice them :
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Feelings of a fast-beating or pounding heart
Fact #5 : CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination
Samudera insinuated that US health authorities are warning people about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.
The truth is – the US CDC not only recommends that adults get vaccinated, they also advise that children as young as 5 years old should get vaccinated against COVID-19.
CDC continues to recommend that everyone ages 5 years and older get vaccinated for COVID-19.
The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.
Fact #6 : WHO Recommends COVID-19 Vaccination
Samudera also insinuated that the World Health Organization (WHO) are warning people about the dangers of COVID-19 vaccines.
The truth is – the WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) looked at the issue, and acknowledged the clear benefits off the mRNA vaccines in reduce deaths and hospitalisations due to COVID-19 infections.
They also pointed out that “myocarditis and pericarditis following vaccination is generally mild and responds to conservative treatment (e.g. rest, treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs etc)“.
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