The Florida Department of Health publishes new guidelines on COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for children

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Tallahassee, Florida – The Florida Department of Health (Department) is the first state in the nation to issue a guide stating that healthy children between the ages of 5 and 17 may not benefit from receiving the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. The Department recommends that children with underlying conditions be the best candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine. This follows the announcement by surgeon general Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo at a panel discussion hosted by Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday.

“It is essential that healthcare professionals analyze existing data on the COVID-19 vaccine together with parents when deciding to vaccinate children,” he said. General surgeon Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo. “Based on currently available data, the risks of administering COVID-19 vaccination among healthy children may outweigh the benefits. That is why these decisions should be made on an individual basis and never imposed. “

Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo’s guide can be found here.

On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis hosted a panel discussion with world-renowned doctors and epidemiologists to discuss blockades and mandates failures in response to COVID-19, including the negative mental health impacts associated with isolation. The experts also discussed the risks of the COVID-19 vaccine for healthy children versus the low risk COVID-19 disease poses to them.

“If you’re 75 and haven’t had COVID-19, I think it’s a no-brainer to get the vaccine because you’re at high risk – even if there’s a small risk of an adverse reaction – it’s far less than the benefit of the vaccine or death prevention “, said Dr. Martin Kulldorff. “For children, the story is very, very different. I think in public health it is important to be honest, not only about what we know, but also about what we don’t know. If you go back and look at the children’s randomized trials of the Pfizer vaccine we used for emergency use authorization, what those studies showed – and they had about 4,000 people in total in these two studies – is that there is the reduction of mild infections. If you look at the serious illness, the hospitalization and the deaths, there was none. “

“For parents who are trying to decide what they should do [with COVID-19 vaccines]the first thing you want to do for the harm-benefit analysis is: is there a mortality benefit from these vaccines for your child? said Dr. Joseph Fraiman. “The question is, if you have a baby at risk or have risk factors for COVID-19, this is a discussion with your pediatrician, but if you have a healthy baby, the chances of that baby dying are incredibly low, essentially close. to zero, if not zero. So the next part of the analysis you should think about is the vaccine side effects and the symptoms of COVID-19. The vaccine causes severe symptoms in children and adults ”.

“The argument for vaccinating children for the benefit of society is not what it used to be”, said Dr. Tracy Hoeg“We have to look at children who have already been infected – and we know according to the CDC that that is at least 58% of children, probably more by now. Especially for healthy children, we don’t know if they benefited from being vaccinated as well as having already an infection.This is true for adults.This has been demonstrated with data from the CDC in New York and California.

The full panel discussion hosted by Governor Ron DeSantis can be found here.

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The department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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