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Florida’s top health official says healthy children should not get COVID vaccine

The Florida Department of Health is now recommending healthy children not get the COVID-19 vaccine, Florida public health officials said Monday.

Florida is now going against the guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to CNN, the CDC recommended that children get vaccinated back in November. Since then, nearly 22 million children have become fully vaccinated. Nearly 1.1 million of those are Florida kids.

However, Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said Florda will be issuing separate guidance recommending children do not get vaccinated. This would make Florida the first state to go against CDC guidance.

The announcement came during an event hosted by Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL), during which a panel of doctors and scientists discussed the pandemic prevention measures. Several of the doctors shared the Surgeon General’s concern for the safety of the vaccine for kids.

Studies funded by the CDC have shown that vaccinated children are half as likely to have a severe case of Covid when compared to the unvaccinated, and that vaccinated children are less likely to be hospitalized for Covid.

Nearly 4.5 million children have had Covid since the beginning of January. Some children infected by Covid may develop multisystem inflammatory syndrome while fighting off the virus.

Dr. William Schaffner, a professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at VAnderbilt University Medical Center, said, “I think [vaccination] continues to be the best recommendation. I would continue to make it to all parents of children 5 and older. The benefits clearly outweigh the risks, and they provide us a firmer foundation for the control of Covid going forward.”

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: ABC NEWS

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