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Only journos?

Are reporters particularly susceptible to the side effects of the COVID vaccines, or is it a mere coincidence that, of the unknown number of journalists have been Pfizer-jabbed, two have found themselves in hospital with pericarditis, otherwise known as inflammation of the heart?  The first was the Daily Telegraph‘s Georgia Clark, the latest Brisbane-based Channel 7 journo Denham Hitchcock, who posted this Instagram account from his hospital bed (emphasis added):

I’ve battled over whether to send this post from hospital or not.

But decided after 27 years of being a journalist who’s primary goal is to discover the truth – it would be hypocritical not to.

disclaimer first – I’m NOT anti vax. But I’m really not pro vax either. I’m pro choice – and pro information to make that choice.

above all I’m PRO opening the bloody country up and to do that I don’t see any way around getting the majority of Australia vaccinated.

So I got the Pfizer shot.

The first week was like any vaccine. Feeling off.

But nearing the end of the second week my heart started to race, I was getting pins and needles in the arms, extreme fatigue and a very strange sensation of dizziness. I took nurofen, and I kept working

By the end of the third week i was getting steadily worse – sharp chest pain – cold shivers and chills – and the dizziness was intense.

25 days after the shot and probably a little late to hospital – but here I am – diagnosed with pericarditis – or inflammation of the heart due to the Pfizer vaccine.

Since being here I’ve contacted health professionals I know in Sydney and while It’s rare – it’s certainly not isolated. One hospital has had well over a dozen cases like me.

This is not a post for sympathy – the hospital and staff at the Gold Coast uni hospital have been beyond great and although it’s all new territory I’m told I’ll make a full recovery although I could be like this for months.

Thankfully I have the worlds smallest nurse keeping an eye on my ever present ECG.

But my present thought would be – in the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this but it’s clearly happening – and if you want the vaccine and have any heart history it would be worth talking to your GP about your vaccine choice, especially as AZ is readily available and does not have this side effect.

If you don’t want the vaccine – i don’t have a problem with that either – but life and travel will get difficult for you.

The only thing for me that’s dead certain – if they don’t open Australia up when we reach their milestone of 70% – then there will be a lot more people marching in the street. You want the trust ? Keep your damn promise

Are bricklayers, accountants, chicken-sexers and other occupations seeing a similar incidence of side effects which, unlike journalists, we’re not hearing about?

4 comments
  • Lewis P Buckingham

    Pericarditis fails to come up in this search
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  • Lewis P Buckingham

    A search on pubmed finds a number of references to myocarditis which is an umbrella term including pericarditis.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8312754/
    Pericarditis means inflammation of the tissue surrounding the heart.
    Heart muscle, myocardium, is more often damaged by vaccine reaction.
    In the ‘executive summary’ it says that young men are the most affected
    ‘Summary
    What is already known about this topic?
    An elevated risk for myocarditis among mRNA COVID-19 vaccinees has been observed, particularly in males aged 12–29 years.’
    In one cohort few females were affected.
    ‘ At the time of this report, 323 of these 484 cases were determined to meet criteria in CDC’s case definitions for myocarditis, pericarditis, or myopericarditis by provider interview or medical record review (Table 1). The median age of the 323 patients meeting CDC’s case definitions was 19 years (range = 12−29 years); 291 were male, and 32 were female.’
    However the chance of getting this looks low,
    ‘As of June 11, 2021, approximately 296 million doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in the United States, with 52 million administered to persons aged 12–29 years; of these, 30 million were first and 22 million were second doses. Within the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) (4), the national vaccine safety passive monitoring system, 1,226 reports of myocarditis after mRNA vaccination were received during December 29, 2020–June 11, 2021.’
    Its not clear how many jabs were given in the reporting period.’
    And exceedingly low for women.
    So for a female reporter to get it, there is a news story in this.
    For a bloke, not so much.
    But then, its better than the alternative….
    ‘……… the balance of benefits and risks varied by age and sex because cases of myocarditis were primarily identified among males aged <30 years, and the risks of poor outcomes related to COVID-19 increase with age. Per million second doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine administered to males aged 12–29 years, 11,000 COVID-19 cases, 560 hospitalizations, 138 ICU admissions, and six deaths due to COVID-19 could be prevented, compared with 39–47 expected myocarditis cases after COVID-19 vaccination (Table 2). Among males aged ≥30 years, 15,300 COVID-19 cases, 4,598 hospitalizations, 1,242 ICU admissions, and 700 deaths could be prevented, compared with three to four expected myocarditis cases after COVID-19 vaccination. This analysis did not include the potential benefit of preventing post-COVID-19 conditions, such as prolonged symptoms and MIS-C. '

    In the text the treatment, other than nursing, is a simple NSAID, non steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.
    No deaths were reported.

  • James Doogue

    Having more than a dozen cases in just one NSW hospital would seem to indicate the incidence of Covid vaccine related pericarditis in Australia is much higher than the incidence implied by the CDC date supplied by Lewis P Buckingham. Either way, it is most definitely a public interest story the main stream media is deliberately avoiding.

    The extent of self censorship going on by the Australian media to avoid going outside the approved narrative is disturbing to say the least. Without all the facts, the people cannot make informed decisions.

  • pgang

    Presumably the first thing this guy will do when he leaves is bed will be to repent of his past and staring penning articles decrying the covid-hysteria and vaccine-frenzy.
    .
    Or not.

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