FDA, CDC Flag Possible Link Between Updated Pfizer Shot And Stroke

Shots are continuing to be recommended
A medical worker prepares the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine booster to be given to children 12-15 years old at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, on January 6, 2022. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • On Friday, the CDC and FDA said their surveillance system flagged a potential link between the Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent Covid-19 vaccine and strokes in recipients who are 65 and over.
  • The CDC website stated the surveillance “raised a question of whether” there is an increase in stroke risk in the 21-day period post-vaccination versus 22 to 44 days.
  • The Biden administration has meanwhile promoted the updated vaccine to older Americans.

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