This 21-year-old College Athlete was admitted to the hospital due to heart complications after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.
John Stokes was preparing for his senior season of Division 1 NCAA golf at Tennessee State University on Aug. 31, 2021, the same day he got his COVID vaccine shot; however, During the course of four days, he was given the COVID-19 vaccine for the second time and admitted to the hospital with heart complications on September 6.
Here’s what Stoked said in a now-viral TikTok video:
“I am a Division 1 student-athlete with no prior health issues, and I got the second COVID shot Tuesday [on Aug. 31], and within four days, I have been diagnosed with myocarditis and was told that I probably won’t be able to play my senior season now.”
Stokes was scheduled to begin his second and final season with the program, according to his profile on the Tennessee State’s website but his ability to play is in jeopardy due to a newly developed heart condition.
Myocarditis is defined as “inflammation of the heart muscle,” and can be caused by an immune system response to some trigger, such as an infection, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
Myocarditis, along with an “inflammation of the outer lining of the heart” known as pericarditis, has been documented after mRNA COVID vaccinations, the CDC admitted.
After getting the second vaccine injection from either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, the agency went so far as to indicate that these side effects are particularly common in adolescent or young adult males, but the CDC continues to promote the vaccine despite this.
On its website, the agency says, “CDC continues to recommend that everyone aged 12 years and older get vaccinated for COVID-19.”
“The known risks of COVID-19 illness and its related, possibly severe complications, such as long-term health problems, hospitalization, and even death, far outweigh the potential risks of having a rare adverse reaction to vaccination, including the possible risk of myocarditis or pericarditis.”
It will prove that this theory is questionable, at best from just a simple study of the numbers. As of September 8, 2021, 3,043 COVID-19 deaths had occurred among Americans aged 18 to 29, according to Statista.
Statista reported that 7,148,719 COVID-19 cases among Americans aged 18 to 29, in another chart. That means that approximately you have a.04 percent chance of dying from the virus, if you’re between the ages of 18 and 29 and get COVID-19.
In addition, that only takes into account known positive cases of COVID-19. It does not include unreported cases, nor does it include Americans aged 18-29 who never even get COVID-19.
Suffice to say, the chances of 18 to 29-year-old Americans dying from COVID-19 are very slim.
While cases of myocarditis and pericarditis as a result of the vaccine are admittedly rare, they are at least a possibility. Many 18 to 29-year-olds are not willing to take that risk to protect themselves from a virus that has an extremely low chance of killing them.
Even if you feel that 18 to 29-year-olds should be vaccinated, you should at least be able to see the problem with mandating a vaccine that has some potential to cause heart inflammation. The CDC’s argument that the risks of COVID-19 outweigh the risks of the vaccine is a choice that Americans should make for themselves, not one that the government gets to decide for them.
Stokes said, “It isn’t right for people to be forced to take the vaccine because there are actual side effects like this that could happen to you, Everyone should be informed of the side effects, and no one should be forced to take something that could cause what has happened to me.”
While the CDC says the possible long-term effects from COVID-19 are a reason to get the vaccine, Stokes said the possible long-term effects from the vaccine itself are unknown.
He said, “No one knows the long-term effects of what’s possibly going to happen from this, It’s kind of uncharted territory because everyone else with the same heart issues from the vaccine as me, we’re all being tracked and monitored. We’re basically like test subjects from the vaccine, so it’s a very serious issue that really needs to be spread.”
Just as living unvaccinated could present a higher risk of getting COVID-19 and receiving the vaccine presents its own risks, the choice of which risk to take has always been and must remain a personal one.