Florida Surgeon General Breaks With CDC, Recommends Against COVID Shots for Healthy Kids | The Defender Staff | childrenshealthdefense.org

Florida’s surgeon general on Monday said he will recommend against COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children, making Florida the first state to break with official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He made the announcement at a 90-minute roundtable hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

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Florida’s surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo, on Monday said he will issue guidance formally recommending against COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children, making Florida the first state to break with official guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC recommends all children over age 5 get the vaccine. A study released last month found Pfizer’s COVID vaccine was only 12% effective against Omicron in children 5 to 11 years old.

Ladapo made the announcement at a roundtable, hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis, featuring physicians and other medical experts who criticized CDC and government policies, including mask mandates and lockdowns, which they said were ineffective and harmful.

Ladapo and DeSantis said the new guidance had to do with lingering questions about the vaccines’ potential health risks for young people.

Dr. Robert Malone, an mRNA technology expert and outspoken critic of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines, spoke during the 90-minute roundtable discussion, stating, “There is no justification for mandating vaccines for children, full stop.”

Malone added:

“We’re of the strong opinion that if there is risk, there must be choice. As far as we’re concerned, there is no medical emergency now, and there is therefore no justification for the declaration of medical emergency and the suspension of rights that has occurred with that re-upping of the medical emergency by the executive branch.”

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