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COVID vaccines and heart problems in young athletes: What are St. Louisans hearing and believing?

Elon Musk claimed on Twitter that COVID vaccines may be the cause of basketball player Bronny James’ cardiac arrest. We asked St. Louisans if they had heard in the past week that COVID vaccines are causing increased heart problems among young athletes. Although few had heard it (9%), two-thirds of those (67%) believed it.

Multiple scientific studies have found no evidence of an increased risk of cardiac arrest after COVID vaccination. There is no evidence that James’ cardiac arrest was linked to COVID vaccination. Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) is more common and severe after COVID infection than after getting the COVID vaccine. 

Sharing accurate, up-to-date vaccine information is crucial in building trust and ensuring community safety.

This report is based on 164 responses from a panel of adult residents of St. Louis City and County surveyed from Saturday, July 29, to Monday, July 31, 2023.

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Have you heard claims about the COVID vaccine and heart problems? Here is  up-to-date, accurate information on this topic.

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