Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock suffers from heart disease as an extremely rare side effect of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
The investigative reporter said he has pericarditis — an inflammation of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart that keeps it in place and helps it function.
Hitchcock claims the condition was caused by his first shot of the Pfizer vaccine, calling on the government to “keep your damn promise” about opening up the world.
‘I doubted whether I should send this mail from the hospital or not. But decided after 27 years of journalism with the main goal of discovering the truth – it would be hypocritical not to,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I am NOT an anti-vax. But I’m not really 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.”
Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock suffers heart condition as an extremely rare side effect of Pfizer coronavirus vaccine
Hitchcock claims the condition was caused by his first injection of the Pfizer vaccine, calling on the government to ‘keep your damn promise’ in opening the world
Hitchcock made the mail from his hospital bed at Gold Coast University Hospital Thursday morning, 25 days after receiving the injection.
He said he initially experienced a pounding heart, 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.
Hitchcock, whose Instagram is littered with photos of him being active, participating in extreme sports and showing off his slender figure, said the condition hasn’t been talked about enough.
“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 said.
“One hospital has had more than a dozen cases like me.”
Hitchcock made the post from his hospital bed at Gold Coast University Hospital on Thursday morning, 25 days after receiving the injection
“In the current vaccine frenzy, no one is talking about this, but it is clearly happening,” Hitchcock said
Pericarditis and myocarditis have been observed in an extremely small number of people after receiving mRNA vaccines, including Pfizer.
The cases were disproportionately men and teens under the age of 30 after their second dose of the shot.
UK data released Monday showed the rate of pericarditis was 3.8 cases per million doses of the Pfizer injection.
The rate is higher compared to the Moderna vaccine, with 13 cases, which Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he has ordered to arrive in the country before the end of the year.
On July 8, the TGA was notified of 50 cases of pericarditis in Australia resulting from 3.2 million doses of Pfizer.
“In the current vaccine frenzy, nobody talks about this, but it’s clearly happening,” Hitchcock said.
“If you want the vaccine and have a heart history, it’s worth talking to your GP about your vaccine choice, especially since AZ is readily available and doesn’t have this side effect.”
Hitchcock, whose Instagram is littered with photos of him being active, participating in extreme sports and showing off his slender figure
The investigative reporter said he has pericarditis – an inflammation of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart that keeps it in place and helps it function
The Channel 7 reporter said he was not discouraging people from getting the Pfizer vaccine, but rather from evaluating their choices, but acknowledged that unvaccinated people would be prevented from traveling in the future.
“Above all I’m PRO to open up the damn country and to do that I see no way to get the majority of Australia vaccinated,” he said.
“If you don’t want the vaccine – I have no problem with that either – [fine], but life and travel will be difficult for you.
‘The one thing that’s dead certain to me – if they don’t open Australia when we hit their milestone of  percent – then there will be a lot more people marching in the street. Do you want the trust? Keep your damn promise.’