Covid Australia: 7News reporter Denham Hitchcock returns to work after Pfizer update

Denham Hitchcock is back at work just a month after being hospitalized with a serious but extremely rare side effect from Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine.

The 44-year-old Seven News reporter shared a photo to Instagram on Friday of himself on a plane and wearing a face mask while en route to a spotlight research.

“Well this is strange…back on the plane…I’m leaving my two girls alone for a few weeks to shoot a story for the next season of @7newsspotlight,” he captioned the post.

Back to business: Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock is back at work just a month after being hospitalized with a serious but extremely rare side effect from Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine

Back to business: Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock is back at work just a month after being hospitalized with a serious but extremely rare side effect from Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine

Denham shares a one-year-old daughter, Kaia, with his wife, Mari.

He added, “Border closures and hermit kingdoms make it difficult.”

It was revealed last month that the veteran TV journalist had been rushed to hospital with an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer shot.

Health scares: It was revealed last month that the veteran TV journalist had been taken to hospital with pericarditis, an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer shot

Health scares: It was revealed last month that the veteran TV journalist had been hospitalized with pericarditis, an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer shot

Health scares: It was revealed last month that the veteran TV journalist had been taken to hospital with pericarditis, an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer shot

By sharing photos of himself on Instagram hooked up to a series of heart monitoring electrodes, Denham revealed he had been diagnosed with pericarditis.

Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart that keeps it in place and helps it function.

He claimed the condition was caused by his first Pfizer shot and called on the government to “keep on your damn promise” to open up Australia to the world.

“Well, this is strange, back on the plane.  I'm leaving my two girls alone for a few weeks to shoot a story for the next season of @7newsspotlight,

“Well, this is strange, back on the plane.  I'm leaving my two girls alone for a few weeks to shoot a story for the next season of @7newsspotlight,

“Well, this is strange…back on the plane…Leaving my two girls alone for a few weeks to make a story for the next season of @7newsspotlight,” he wrote. Pictured with wife Mari and daughter Kaia

‘I doubted whether I should send this mail from the hospital or not. But after 27 years of journalism with the primary aim of discovering the truth, it would be hypocritical not to,” he wrote.

“I am NOT an anti-vax. But I’m not exactly pro-vax either. I’m pro-choice – and pro-information to make that choice.

“Probably a little late to the hospital — but here I am — diagnosed with pericarditis — or inflammation of the heart due to the Pfizer vaccine.”

Hospitalized: By sharing photos on Instagram of himself connected to a set of heart monitoring electrodes, Denham revealed he had been diagnosed with pericarditis

Hospitalized: By sharing photos on Instagram of himself connected to a set of heart monitoring electrodes, Denham revealed he had been diagnosed with pericarditis

Hospitalized: By sharing photos on Instagram of himself connected to a set of heart monitoring electrodes, Denham revealed he had been diagnosed with pericarditis

Denham shared the mail from his hospital bed at Gold Coast University Hospital, 25 days after receiving his first vaccine.

He said he initially had heart palpitations, pins and needles, and dizziness, but continued to think they were normal side effects.

After three weeks, he still had severe symptoms, including sharp chest pain, chills, and the dizziness had become extreme.

Side effect: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac-like tissue around the heart that holds it in place and helps it function.  Denham is pictured on The Morning Show

Side effect: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac-like tissue around the heart that holds it in place and helps it function.  Denham is pictured on The Morning Show

Side effect: Pericarditis is inflammation of the sac-like tissue around the heart that holds it in place and helps it function. Denham is pictured on The Morning Show

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve been in contact with health professionals I know in Sydney, and while it’s rare, it’s certainly not isolated,” he added.

“One hospital has had more than a dozen cases like me.”

Pericarditis and myocarditis have been observed in an extremely small number of people following administration of mRNA vaccines, of which Pfizer is one.

Warning Signs: He initially said he was experiencing a pounding heart, pins and needles, and dizziness, but continued to think they were normal side effects

Warning Signs: He initially said he was experiencing a pounding heart, pins and needles, and dizziness, but continued to think they were normal side effects

Warning Signs: He initially said he was experiencing a pounding heart, pins and needles, and dizziness, but continued to think they were normal side effects

The cases were disproportionately males under the age of 30 after their second dose of the shot.

UK data released last month found that the rate of pericarditis was 3.8 cases per 1 million doses of the Pfizer injection.

On July 8, the TGA was notified of 50 cases of pericarditis in Australia resulting from 3.2 million Pfizer doses.

Rare: Pericarditis and myocarditis have been observed in an extremely small number of people following administration of mRNA vaccines, of which Pfizer is one.

Rare: Pericarditis and myocarditis have been observed in an extremely small number of people following administration of mRNA vaccines, of which Pfizer is one.

Rare: Pericarditis and myocarditis have been observed in an extremely small number of people following administration of mRNA vaccines, of which Pfizer is one.

“In the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this, but it is clearly happening,” he said.

“If you want the vaccine and have a heart history, it’s worth talking to your GP about your vaccine choice, especially as AZ [AstraZeneca] is readily available and does not have this side effect.’

Denham said he wasn’t discouraging people from getting the Pfizer vaccine, but rather from evaluating their choices.

Statement: 'In the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this, but it is clearly happening,' he said after being diagnosed with pericarditis

Statement: 'In the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this, but it is clearly happening,' he said after being diagnosed with pericarditis

Statement: ‘In the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this, but it is clearly happening,’ he said after being diagnosed with pericarditis

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