Tech billionaire Elon Musk has sparked a debate by sharing his experience with COVID-19 vaccines, expressing that his third shot nearly led to hospitalization. Musk posted a video on X (formerly Twitter) that highlighted concerns about declining vaccine effectiveness worldwide and vaccine suspensions in some countries. He also voiced strong opposition to mandatory vaccination.
In response to a comment on the video, Musk expressed his worries about the “outrageous demand” for mandatory vaccination and multiple booster shots. He stated, “My concern was more the outrageous demand that people must take the vaccine and multiple boosters to do anything at all. That was messed up.”
Regarding his own experience, Musk disclosed, “As for myself, I got the original COVID before the vaccine was out (mild cold symptoms) and had to get three vaccines for travel,” and he added, “The third shot almost sent me to the hospital.” However, Musk did not provide specific details about the symptoms he encountered following his third vaccine dose, which he claimed almost led to hospitalization.
Musk emphasized his support for vaccines while underscoring the importance of weighing potential side effects against the risks posed by the disease. He argued that public debate on vaccine efficacy should remain open. Musk concluded his statement by highlighting the significant potential of synthetic mRNA in treating various diseases and urging careful consideration of vaccine benefits and risks.
COVID-19 vaccines, including mRNA vaccines, have been reported to have certain side effects, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Common side effects encompass pain and swelling at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, and muscle aches. However, there have been extremely rare cases of myocarditis or pericarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle or its outer lining) reported among some vaccine recipients.
The CDC clarifies that while these conditions are usually mild and self-resolving, in rare instances, they may necessitate medical attention or result in fatality. As of May 2022, there were 635 reported cases of myocarditis out of 54.8 million doses of mRNA vaccines administered to children aged 5 to 17.
It’s important to note that any health issue occurring after vaccination is considered an adverse event and may or may not be directly linked to the vaccine, according to the CDC.