The CDC’s scheduled panel meeting on reports of heart inflammation issues among COVID-19 vaccine recipients has been postponed due to observing the Juneteenth National Independence Day holiday.
The CDC issued a statement on their website informing the public that the discussion will now occur at the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting scheduled for June 23-25.
“The June 18, 2021 COVID-19 meeting is being rescheduled due to the observation of the Juneteenth National Independence Day holiday,” the webcast update said. “The discussion will be rescheduled to be included as part of the June 23-25 ACIP meeting.”
On Tuesday, Juneteenth was established as a federal holiday and commemorates the end of slavery in Texas. The panel meeting was originally scheduled for Friday, but after President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth bill, several companies, including the CDC, gave their employees Friday and Saturday off.
ACIP was expected to review about 300 reports of myocarditis and pericarditis, mainly common in vaccinated males aged 16-24.
Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, reported that the agency had received 275 complaints of myocarditis and pericarditis among vaccinated males aged 16-24, even though over 12 million doses had been provided. In addition, while younger people aged 12 to 24 accounted for roughly 9% of the doses given out, they also accounted for more than half (52.5%) of the 528 reports of heart problems.
According to the CDC, the number of adverse effects from the Covid-19 vaccines has surpassed the predicted number. For example, the CDC expected cases of kids aged 16-17 would not pass a rate of 2 to 19. Instead, there have been 79 reported cases of adverse reactions.
We’re still learning about the rates of myocarditis and pericarditis,” Dr. Shimabukuro told The Washington Post, “As we gather more information, we’ll begin to get a better idea of the post-vaccination rates and hopefully be able to get more detailed information by age group.”
The delay of the meeting has caused intense controversy, partly because of government authorities and corporations’ effort to vaccinate most Americans to return to normalcy.