Florida releases new guidance for COVID-19 vaccines

The state of Florida released new guidance for children relating to COVID-19 vaccines Tuesday. The guidance recommends that healthy children ages 5 to 17 do not get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ladapo made the announcement at a roundtable event organized by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in West Palm Beach that featured a group of doctors who criticized coronavirus lockdowns and mandate policies.

“The Florida Department of Health is going to be the first state to officially recommend against the COVID-19 vaccines for healthy children,” Ladapo said at the end of the roundtable discussion. “We’re kind of scraping at the bottom of the barrel, particularly with healthy kids, in terms of actually being able to quantify with any accuracy and any confidence the even potential of benefit.”

The guidance recommends that children with no underlying conditions because of certain risks that outweigh the benefits. These risks, according to the Florida Department of Health, include:

  • limited risk of severe illness due to COVID-19
  • high prevalence of existing immunity among children
  • In clinical trials, higher than anticipated “serious adverse events” occurred among those who were vaccinated
  • reduced COVID-19 vaccine efficacy
  • Risk of myocarditis due to the vaccine