Elon Musk took to Twitter late Friday to share his personal experience with a second bout of COVID-19, explaining that he experienced “major side effects.”
The Twitter CEO said in a series of tweets that he felt like he was “dying” and that his cousin, who was in “peak health” was suffering from myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart that has been cited as a possible side effect of some coronavirus vaccines.
“My second booster shot had major side effects. Felt like I was dying for a few days. Hopefully no permanent damage, but I don’t know,” Musk tweeted.
He added: “And my cousin, who was young and in the best of health, had a serious case of myocarditis. I had to go to the hospital.”
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In a third post, Musk explained that buying a second booster was not his choice, but a requirement to visit Tesla’s location in Berlin, Germany.
“Tesla Giga was asked to visit Berlin. Not my choice,” he said.
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In another post, Musk explained that he had no problem buying the first Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the first mRNA enhancer.
“I had the OG C19 before the vaccines came out and it was basically a mild cold. Then I got the J&J shot which had no ill effects, my arm hurt for a while,” he said.
The Tesla founder added: “The first mRNA booster was good, but the second one crushed me.”
Musk’s comments were in response to a Rasmussen Reports tweet that said about 12 million people could experience “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 recipients of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.
“These rare cases of myocarditis or pericarditis most often occurred in adolescents and young adult males 16 years of age and older within 7 days of receiving a second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna). Var. Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine ( Johnson & Johnson) has not seen a similar reporting pattern since acquisition,” the CDC said on its website.
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The website adds: “CDC continues to recommend the COVID-19 vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC have determined that there are benefits (such as preventing cases and complications of COVID-19) . results) mRNA outweighs the risks of myocarditis and pericarditis after receipt of COVID-19 vaccines.”
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Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle, and preliminary data from the CDC indicate that “most patients” eventually recover from their myocarditis.
“Preliminary data from surveys conducted at least 90 days after the diagnosis of myocarditis indicated that the majority of patients had fully recovered from myocarditis,” the CDC said.
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It recommends reporting all cases of myocarditis and pericarditis to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
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Federal law requires health care providers to report such problems to VAERS.
Musk has repeatedly criticized the COVID pandemic and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who oversaw the U.S. pandemic response as White House Chief Medical Advisor under Presidents Trump and Biden and their administrations.