Community, Public Safety & Health

OHA study reveals no link between Covid-19 vaccine and cardiac deaths

PORTLAND  – Covid-19 vaccination is not linked to death from cardiac causes among previously healthy young people, according to an Oregon Health Authority study published by the Centers for Disease Control.

The study, appearing in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, examined nearly 1,300 deaths among Oregon adolescents and young adults – ages 16 to 30 – occurring over 19 months during 2021-22. It found that none of the fatalities that happened within 100 days of receiving an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine dose was attributed to vaccination.

Study co-authors Paul Cieslak, M.D., and Juventila Liko, M.D., M.P.H., of OHA’s Acute and Communicable Disease Prevention Section, say an association between receipt of an mRNA Covid-19 vaccine dose and sudden cardiac death among healthy adolescents and young adults are not supported by the Oregon data they reviewed.

“It is clear that the risk, if any, of cardiac death linked to Covid-19 vaccination is very low, while the risk of dying from Covid-19 is real,” Cieslak said.



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