Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo warned those under the age of 65 against the newly federal-approved COVID-19 boosters, citing safety concerns and the need for more research.
“With virtually every walking human being having some degree of immunity, and the questions we have about safety, and about effectiveness — especially about safety — my judgment is that it’s not a good decision for young people, and for people who are not at high risk at this point in the pandemic,” Ladapo said during a virtual panel which included Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “For people who are older, that’s really in Florida where we’re seeing impacts in terms of hospitalizations and deaths.”
In his “Guidance for COVID-19 Boosters” issued on Wednesday, Ladapo noted that “the most recent booster approval was granted in the absence of any meaningful booster-specific clinical trial data performed in humans.”
As with the “initial mRNA COVID-19 vaccines” that were authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “the federal government has failed to provide sufficient data to support the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines,” he argued.
“CDC & FDA continue to push COVID vaccines that are not backed by clinical evidence, but blind faith alone with ZERO regard for widespread immunity,” Ladapo wrote on X. “The American people deserve the truth, but the Biden admin only wants to control your behavior.”
CDC & FDA continue to push COVID vaccines that are not backed by clinical evidence, but blind faith alone with ZERO regard for widespread immunity. The American people deserve the truth, but the Biden admin only wants to control your behavior. pic.twitter.com/u7cZvDIEMa
— Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD (@FLSurgeonGen) September 13, 2023
Though the recommendation to medical professionals is not binding, the guidance reads, “Based on the high rate of global immunity and currently available data, the State Surgeon General recommends against the COVID-19 booster for individuals under 65. Individuals 65 and older should discuss this information with their health care provider, including potential concerns outlined in this guidance.”
The guidance goes on to list the “negative effectiveness after 4 to 6 months” of the mRNA vaccines, and the “increased risk for infection” seen in those who have received the COVID-19 vaccines.
Additionally, the guidance continues, the vaccines, “present a risk of subclinical and clinical myocarditis and other cardiovascular conditions among otherwise healthy individuals.”
“There is unknown risk of potential adverse impacts with each additional dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine,” it states. “Currently, individuals may have received five to seven doses (and counting) of this vaccine over a 3-year period.”
Also of concern are the lingering “elevated levels of spike protein” found “among some individuals for an indefinite period of time.”
Governor DeSantis supported his hand-picked surgeon general’s caution.
“Today, @FLSurgeonGen Dr. Ladapo is advising caution regarding the use of the hastily-approved mRNA COVID boosters,” the 2024 presidential hopeful wrote on X. “We will not stand by and let the FDA and CDC use Floridians as guinea pigs for mRNA jabs that have not been proven to be safe or effective.”
Today, @FLSurgeonGen Dr. Ladapo is advising caution regarding the use of the hastily-approved mRNA COVID boosters.
⁰We will not stand by and let the FDA and CDC use Floridians as guinea pigs for mRNA jabs that have not been proven to be safe or effective.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 13, 2023
In response, Ladapo thanked DeSantis “for continuing to keep Florida a pillar of common sense & for prioritizing people over Big Pharma.”
“You are also part of this good role model for the nation Dr. Ladapo,” replied one user on X. “I hope you become America’s surgeon general. We like your work.”
You are also part of this good role model for the nation Dr. Ladapo. I hope you become Americas surgeon general. We like your work.
— Nancy Ivey (@NancyIvey10) September 14, 2023
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