Model Kris Smith’s glamorous ex-girlfriend has been diagnosed with a rare heart condition after getting the Pfizer vaccine, but still urges Australians to get the shot.
Hannah Scott, an Insights Manager at Network 10, who had Smith until now, revealed on Instagram that she was suffering from pericarditis.
The condition involves inflammation of a sac-like tissue that surrounds the heart that holds it in place and helps it function.
Ms Scott announced the news in a lengthy post from her hospital bed on Wednesday morning, saying she “does not regret her decision” and “wants to deter anyone from getting vaccinated.”
“I’m not posting this out of compassion and I’m certainly not an anti-vaxxer. I’m pro-choice and my choice was to get the vaccine,” she said.
“As a result, I’m in the unfortunate percentile diagnosed with pericariditis (heart inflammation), a rare side effect of Pfizer.”
Channel Seven reporter Denham Hitchcock revealed last month that he too had contracted pericarditis as a result of the shot.
Hannah Scott, an Insights Manager at Network 10 who used to date TV personality and model Kris Smith, revealed on Instagram Wednesday morning that she was suffering from pericarditis.
Ms Scott, who dated Smith in 2017, said she had symptoms of the rare heart condition right after she got her first shot and told her about her ordeal with pericarditis
Ms Scott revealed the news in a lengthy post from her hospital bed, saying she ‘does not regret her decision’ and ‘wants to deter anyone from getting vaccinated’
Ms Scott, who dated Smith in 2017, said she had symptoms of the rare heart condition right after she got her first shot.
“Almost immediately after my vaccination I had pins and needles down my arm in my hand and fingers, which are still numb today,” she wrote.
Chills and dizziness were regular. I persevered and four days ago (a week after the shot) my heart started beating unspeakably, making it difficult to lower my heart rate enough to sleep (my heart is still racing today).
“Yesterday the chest pain started and I was taken to the hospital.”
The Network 10 manager posted a photo from her bed with electrocardiogram stickers on her chest.
She said the purpose of her post was not to discourage people from seeking the vaccine, but rather to encourage people to look at the different options and monitor their symptoms when they get it.
“I don’t like to complain and brush most things off so this is a reminder to listen to your body if you’re not feeling well, I’m glad I did,” Ms Scott wrote.
Ms Scott, who dated Smith in 2017, said she had symptoms of the rare heart condition right after she got her first shot and told her about her ordeal with pericarditis.
Ms Scott said the aim of her post was not to discourage people from seeking the vaccine, but rather to encourage people to look at the different options and monitor their symptoms.
Ms Scott encouraged everyone to seek advice on the right vaccine for them and emphasized that suffering from Covid was worse than any side effects
“The purpose of this post is to emphasize that if you feel any of these symptoms you should be checked out just to be safe as this side effect is rarely talked about, despite my doctors saying they are seeing it more often lately.
“I don’t regret my decision because the long-term effects of Covid could be much worse and I don’t want to deter anyone from getting vaccinated.
“Just to point out that there are vaccine options and to be mindful of your symptoms.”
She said she is expected to make “full recovery” and has a “new appreciation” for the doctors and nurses who treated her.
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 teenagers under the age of 30 after their second dose of the shot.
UK data released in August showed the rate of pericarditis was 3.8 cases per 1 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.
Seven News reporter Denham Hitchcock revealed last month that he suffered from pericarditis after receiving the Pfizer vaccine