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'A lot of red flags': Florida surgeon general advises people to stay away from new COVID-19 vaccine

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Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said during a press conference on Thursday that people should not receive the updated COVID-19 booster vaccine.

The booster in question has not yet been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but it is apparently designed to defend against the BA.2.86 Omicron subvariant of the illness, per Fox News.

Ladapo said that "there's a new vaccine that's coming around the corner, a new mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, and there's essentially no evidence for it."

"There's been no clinical trial done in human beings showing that it benefits people," he continued.

"There's been no clinical trial showing that it is a safe product for people — and not only that, but then there are a lot of red flags."

While addressing specific concerns about the booster, he suggested that the updated vaccine "actually cause cardiac injury in many people."

However, Lapado urged Floridians to make their own decisions based on their own convictions. He suggested people make decisions based on their "resonance of truth," instead of relying on "very educated people telling you what you should think."

"When they try to convince you to be comfortable and agree with things that don’t feel comfortable, [that] don’t feel like things you should agree with, that is a sign, right? That’s a gift," Lapado said.

Ladapo went on to suggest people take on healthy nutrition habits instead of leaning on updated vaccines.

Last month, the surgeon general condemned the use of COVID masks and a new round of potential lockdowns, writing on X: "What do you call re-imposing mask policies that have been proven ineffective or restarting lockdowns that are known to cause harm? You don't call it sanity. These terrible policies only work with your cooperation. How about refusing to participate…"

Ladapo's comments about mask mandates come as the mandates appear to be making a comeback in some parts of the country. The New York City health department suggested that masking up over Labor Day weekend was a "good idea."

Lionsgate has apparently instituted a mask mandate for certain floors of a California office, and Morris Brown College in Georgia also implemented a mask mandate at the start of the school year.

Florida law has banned businesses, schools, and government entities from implementing such mandates.

Dan Bongino recently posted: "Only morons wear surgical masks as protection against a microscopic airborne virus. Legitimate imbeciles. We're all laughing at you for falling for this stupidity yet again."

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