Channel Seven news reporter Denham Hitchcock is recovering at home after extremely rare complications from a Pfizer vaccine injection.
Hitchcock, a father of one, was hospitalized and diagnosed with pericarditis — an inflammation of sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart — after rolling up his sleeve for a Covid vaccine on the Gold Coast.
take to Instagram on Saturday, the esteemed journalist extensively recalled the ordeal to his 27,000-plus social media followers — also revealing that he will be fully healed within six months.
“Thank you so much for all the get well wishes and messages. I’m overwhelmed and a little embarrassed,” he said.
Channel 7 investigative reporter Denham Hitchcock is recovering at home after being recently hospitalized following complications from a Pfizer vaccine (pictured with his family)
Hitchcock (pictured) took to Instagram on Saturday to tell his 27,000+ followers about his recent ordeal
“The hospital stay caused the chest pain, but I still have the headache, chills, fatigue and pins and needles and numbness in both forearms and half of the hands.
‘But if I stay on the medication and eat nurofen like popcorn, it’s actually not that bad.’
In what then became an epic diatribe, Hitchcock stated how disappointed he was after going from “extremely fit to a heart ward after a vaccine.”
But he clarified that it is “better to get vaccinated and risk the side effects” than not to be vaccinated.
The media identity concludes his post by saying that his “personal thoughts will depend on my recovery.”
Some of his followers were quick to use Denham’s experience to highlight the apparent dangers of the Covid vaccine, but he clarified his position.
“At least in the short term, the data would indicate that the vaccinated countries are doing better because they have a high transmission rate, but far fewer deaths,” he said.
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
Earlier, the talented investigative journalist shared his plight on social media and called on the government to “keep your damn promise” about opening up the country.
‘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.
“Probably a little late to the hospital — but here I am — diagnosed with pericarditis — or inflammation of the heart due to the Pfizer vaccine.”
Hitchcock made the first post from his hospital bed at Gold Coast University Hospital on 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 his condition wasn’t 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.”
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 1 million doses of the Pfizer injection.
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
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.”
The Channel Seven reporter said he was not discouraging people from getting the Pfizer vaccine, but rather 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 for 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.’
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
Professor Jason Kovacic, the executive director of the Victor Change Cardiac Research Institute, told Daily Mail Australia that pericarditis can occur after Covid vaccines, but only in ‘very, very rare’ cases.
“Covid-19 vaccines can cause specific heart problems, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, and especially in men under the age of 30 – but only very, very rarely,” said Professor Kovacic.
‘About 60 people per million can get myocarditis with the mRNA vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) and it is generally a mild, short-term disease. These complications cause inflammation of the heart muscle or inflammation of the mucous membrane surrounding the heart muscle.
“These complications have been reported in only a handful of people worldwide and to our knowledge, most of them have recovered.”
Professor Kovacic said the risks of getting heart disease from Covid are much greater and the vaccine is the best guarantee to prevent these diseases.
“In contrast, the risk of some form of heart complications if you catch Covid-19 is about 1000 times higher at ~5-10%,” he said.
“A very recent observational study has shown that young men infected with the virus are up to six times more likely to develop myocarditis than those who received the vaccine.
“Covid-19 vaccines are incredibly safe and incredibly effective at preventing people from becoming seriously unwell with a Covid-19 infection.
‘The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks for the heart, especially given the highly contagious nature of the Delta variant, which is now affecting an increasing number of young people.’