Elon Musk took to Twitter late Friday to share his personal experience with the second COVID booster shot, explaining that he ran into “major side effects.”
In a series of tweets, the Twitter CEO said he felt like he was “dying” and that a cousin of his in “peak health” suffered from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that can be treated with some coronavirus vaccines. Listed as a possible side effect of.
“I had major side effects from my second booster shot. Felt like I was dying for days. Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I don’t know,” Musk said in a tweet.
He added: “And my cousin, who is young and in peak health, had a severe case of myocarditis. Had to go to the hospital.”
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In a third post, Musk explained that getting the second booster was not his choice, but a necessity to go to a Tesla location in Berlin, Germany.
“Traveling to Tesla Giga Berlin was a necessity. Not my choice,” he said.
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In yet another post, Musk explained that he had no problem getting the initial Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first mRNA booster.
He tweeted, “I had the OG C19 before the vaccine came out and it was basically a mild cold. Then the J&J vaccine had no ill effects except my arm hurt for a while.”
Tesla’s founder said: “The first mRNA booster was fine, but the second one crushed me.”
Musk’s posts were in response to a tweet from Rasmussen Reports, which suggested that about 12 million people may have experienced “major side effects” after receiving the vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cases of myocarditis are a “rare risk” for people who receive mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
“These rare cases of myocarditis or pericarditis have occurred most often within 7 days after receiving a second dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) in adolescent and young adult males 16 years of age and older. CDC has stated on its website that a similar reporting pattern has not been observed following receipt of the Johnson COVID-19 vaccine (Johnson & Johnson).
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The website states: “CDC continues to recommend COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 6 months of age and older. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC have determined that the benefits (such as COVID -prevention of COVID-19 cases and its severe consequences) outweighs the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis following receipt of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
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Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and the CDC said preliminary data show “most patients” eventually recover from their myocarditis.
“Preliminary data from surveys conducted at least 90 days after myocarditis diagnosis showed that the majority of patients recovered completely from their myocarditis,” the CDC said.
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It recommends that all cases of myocarditis and pericarditis be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
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Federal law requires healthcare providers to report such issues to VAERS.
Musk has repeatedly been critical of the COVID pandemic and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who as White House chief medical adviser oversaw the US pandemic response under Presidents Trump and Biden and their administrations.