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NFL star Travis Kelce posts a heart photo — anti-vaxxers go crazy

National Football League star Travis Kelce, who does COVID-19 and flu vaccine commercials for Pfizer, posted a photo on Instagram of him making the shape of a heart with his hands. Within a few seconds, the anti-vaccine world exploded with claims like “Mr. Pfizer showing you which organ the vaccine shuts off.” Apparently, Travis Kelce is “telling you loud and clear! Remember to protect your HEART and say NO the (sic) clot shots.”

Kelce isn’t signaling anything. Using Occam’s razor, that the simplest explanation is the best, maybe he was happy that they won the Super Bowl. Or he’s making sure his girlfriend, Taylor Swift, knows he loves her. I don’t know what he was trying to say, but there is just no evidence that he was posting a warning about the COVID-19 vaccine.

If you pay attention to the myths about the COVID-19 vaccine, the anti-vaccine activists want you to believe that the COVID-19 vaccine somehow shuts down the heart and kills you. However, there is no evidence that this happens.

One more time, I’m going to bust the myths about the COVID-19 vaccine and heart diseases.

Travis Kelce and the COVID-19 vaccine

Unfortunately, Kelce has been the target of the right-wing crackpots and anti-vaxxers ever since he started doing commercials for Pfizer. I am not a big fan of Big Pharma commercials (they’re only there to cause demand for overpriced pharmaceuticals); on the other hand, I don’t mind public service announcements for something as important as the COVID-19 vaccines are for saving lives.

Kelce got the nickname “Mr. Pfizer” from another NFL player, Aaron Rodgers, who tried to use worthless pseudoscientific homeopathy to protect himself from COVID-19, and then he caught COVID-19. It’s hysterical.

Nevertheless, I probably would never have been convinced to get the COVID-19 vaccine by Mr. Kelce, I got it because the COVID-19 vaccines are overwhelmingly safe and effective. I go them because I decided to protect myself from a deadly disease. But then again, I have gotten vaccines for RSV, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough, flu, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccines and the heart

So let’s talk about the COVID-19 vaccines and heart issues. To be honest, COVID-19 vaccines are linked to myocarditis.

What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis, also known as inflammatory cardiomyopathy, is a very rare inflammation of the heart muscle. Symptoms may include shortness of breath, chest pain, decreased ability to exercise, and an irregular heartbeat. The duration of the condition can vary from hours to months. Complications of myocarditis may include heart failure due to dilated cardiomyopathy or cardiac arrest.

Myocarditis can be caused by any infectious disease, such as COVID-19. In fact, the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 is about 0.146%. Compare this to the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines, which is about 0.0032%, 45X lower risk than from the disease itself.

The CDC reviewed the risks of cardiac complications after receiving the vaccine and found the following:

Thus, we can conclude that the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines is extremely small and it’s substantially smaller than the risk of myocarditis from the disease itself. Furthermore, myocarditis usually does not cause long-term complications. According to the CDC, most individuals who were diagnosed with myocarditis after receiving the vaccine “responded well to medicine and rest and had resolution of symptoms by the time they went home from the hospital.”

Even the American Heart Association recommends the COVID-19 vaccines for those who have “cardiovascular risk factors, heart disease, and heart attack and stroke survivors because they are at much greater risk from the virus than they are from the vaccine.”

What about other heart conditions?

I found no evidence that supported any claim that the COVID-19 vaccines had links to any other cardiovascular condition including stroke, myocardial infarction, or sudden death. Moreover, there is some evidence that there is a reduction in the risk of heart attacks among older people who were vaccinated.

I think some people have jumped on the myocarditis bandwagon and tried to make it seem like the COVID-19 vaccines were linked to all cardiovascular diseases without any evidence supporting such a claim.

Travis Kelce and the heart

Kelce had just won the Super Bowl so he decided to flash the heart sign. That’s probably the simplest explanation of what he was doing. Certainly, it was not him throwing out a subtle signal about the vaccine’s safety. That’s ridiculous.

Nevertheless, there is no evidence that the vaccine “shuts off” your heart. I wish I could tell this to every anti-vaxxer, but it’s clear that science doesn’t convince them that their beliefs are wrong about this vaccine.

But the evidence does state clearly that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.


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