Florida Surgeon General: ‘I cannot recommend that healthy children receive the COVID-19 vaccine’

The Florida Department of Health (Department) is the first state in the nation to issue guidance stating that healthy children from ages 5 to 17 may not benefit from receiving the currently available COVID-19 vaccine.

The Department recommends that children with underlying conditions are the best candidates for the COVID-19 vaccine. This follows Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo’s announcement at a roundtable hosted yesterday by Governor Ron DeSantis.

“It is essential for health care practioners to analyze existing data on the COVID-19 vaccine alongside parents when deciding to vaccinate children,” said Surgeon General 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 mandated.”

The guidance from Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo can be found here.

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