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Ethics of college vaccine mandates, using reasonable comparisons
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    Feedback & request for correction

    I read with interest the article titled “Ethics of college vaccine mandates, using reasonable comparisons” by Lam LL and Nichols T1, published on Mar 30, 2023, in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

    I would like to comment on statements that the above authors made that COVID-19 vaccine-caused myocarditis cases are “generally mild” and “over 90% of the hospitalized vaccine-caused myocarditis cases fully recovered within days”, and that “approximately 10% of the hospitalised cases … may have some long-term consequences”.

    Among individuals with COVID-19 vaccine-associated myocarditis, the majority develop cardiac MRI abnormalities including fibrosis, which persist on follow-up, as shown below2-4. The authors’ statements that vaccine-caused myocarditis is ‘mild’ and ‘fully recovered in 90% of cases’ with only ‘10% having long-term consequences’ are misleading, since development of myocardial fibrosis in most patients with vaccine-caused myocarditis refutes these statements. Consequently, any conclusions that the authors make relying on these inaccurate statements are not supported. To promote accuracy, a correction should be issued to the above authors’ statements.

    Schauer J2 et al found that at 3-8 months’ follow-up, repeat cardiac MRI showed persistent late gadolinium enhancement, an indicator of cardiac injury and fibrosis, in 68.8% (11/15) of adolescents aged 12-17 years with COVID-19 vaccine–associated myocarditis.

    Cavalcante JL et al3 found that at...

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