MYNORTHWEST NEWS

Washington DOH monitoring possible rare side effect of COVID vaccine

May 25, 2021, 7:15 AM | Updated: 9:36 am

Johnson Johnson vaccine...

A waiting and observation area at a West Seattle vaccine clinic. (MyNorthwest photo)

(MyNorthwest photo)

The Washington Department of Health says it is monitoring the possibility of a rare side effect that health experts say could have been brought on by the COVID-19 vaccine.

This comes following reports of “a small number of cases of myocarditis or pericarditis in some patients” following their second shot. It’s unclear at this time whether the vaccine is the direct cause.

Reported cases include an 18-year-old in Kenmore who developed a heart problem shortly after receiving his second vaccine dose.

Myocarditis presents as “inflammation of the heart tissue,” the DOH says, with symptoms that include chest pain, an abnormal heartbeat, and shortness of breath. Pericarditis is “swelling and irritation of the thin, saclike tissue surrounding the heart.”

Washington state to resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

According to the CDC, “reported cases appear to be mild and often go away without requiring treatment.”

State and federal health officials will continue to “gather data and other information” in the meantime.

“Health care providers in Washington, Idaho and Oregon have been notified about this issue so they can be ready to quickly identify symptoms if more cases occur,” the DOH said in a written release.

The side effect was first reported in Israel in 62 people who had received the Pfizer vaccine, out of a total of 5 million vaccines the country had distributed at the time.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: In this Dec. 27, 2012, file photo, a variety of military-style semi-automatic rifles obtaine...

James Lynch

State commissioner to decide on high-capacity magazine ban

The Washington State Commissioner held a hearing on whether the ban on high-capacity magazines should be lifted while the full court considers the matter.

8 hours ago

An SPD vehicle....

Julia Dallas

Seattle police shoot, kill man suspected of committing crimes against children

A man suspected of committing crimes against children was killed by Seattle police inside a hotel in Tukwila Wednesday afternoon.

9 hours ago

Image: A man got beaten and robbed in broad daylight in Seattle at Cal Anderson Park on Sunday, Apr...

Bill Kaczaraba

Video of man getting knocked out, robbed in Seattle goes viral; Gee and Ursula respond

A disturbing video has gone viral of a man getting knocked out and robbed by a small group of people on Capitol Hill Sunday.

12 hours ago

The logo for Boeing appears on a screen above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exc...

Heather Bosch

Whistleblower: Boeing involved in ‘criminal cover-up’

A Boeing whistleblower testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee claiming the company is involved in a "criminal cover-up."

12 hours ago

Photo: Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is sworn-in before the House Committee on Hom...

the MyNorthwest Staff with wire reports

Senate dismisses two articles of impeachment against Homeland Security secretary, ends trial

The Senate dismissed impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, as Republicans pushed to remove him.

13 hours ago

antisemitic...

Frank Sumrall

Antisemitic instances up 800% nationally, 300% in Washington

ADL reported there has been more than an 800% increase in antisemitic incidents across the country over the last decade.

15 hours ago

Washington DOH monitoring possible rare side effect of COVID vaccine