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Pentagon confirms myocarditis cases in troops spiked after COVID vax rollout

U.S. Army Soldiers draw and prepare vaccines at the Atlanta Community Vaccination Center in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, March 26, 2021. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Robert P Wormley III)
July 21, 2023

Myocarditis diagnoses skyrocketed among U.S. troops after the COVID-19 vaccine was rolled out, according to a top Defense Department official.

Gilbert Cisneros Jr., undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, confirmed the annual average of myocarditis cases soared 151%  in 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, Epoch Times reported.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“When reported, the cases have especially been in adolescents and young adult males within several days after mRNA COVID-19 vaccination (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna),” the CDC’s website states.

Earlier this year, whistleblowers who spoke with the Daily Caller said the Department of Defense ignored numerous reports of adverse health effects related to the COVID-19 vaccines.

The Defense Health Agency (DHA) told the Daily Caller that it maintains a database where individuals can self-report adverse vaccine effects through. Whistleblowers, however, told the outlet that many instances of adverse effects were never added to the database.

Many reports of adverse vaccine effects are entered in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). One whistleblower, described as a former military flight doctor, said the military initially planned to keep a separate dataset for service members, but the plan never materialized.

“Initially it appeared that there was going to be a specific tracking for military members, but nope, just VAERS,” the flight surgeon said.

The doctor said some post-vaccination health events weren’t ever entered into VAERS because military medical providers didn’t document these cases as being vaccine-related.

A Marine Corps aviation safety officer told the Daily Caller he had noticed a “disturbing” increase in medical reports after the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccines, but said incidents were not entered in VAERS or otherwise treated as vaccine-related injuries.

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.