Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo is recommending against mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for men in the 18-39 age range. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines fall into this category.
The Sunshine State's health department "conducted an analysis through a self-controlled case series" that "found there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination," according to the guidance.
"Based on currently available data, patients should be informed of the possible cardiac complications that can arise after receiving a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group," the guidance states.
In a tweet, Ladapo noted that the state "will not be silent on the truth."
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends that people remain "up to date" on COVID-19 vaccinations. "You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines if you have completed a COVID-19 vaccine primary series and received the most recent booster dose recommended for you by CDC," the agency notes.
"COVID-19 vaccines available in the United States are effective at protecting people from getting seriously ill, being hospitalized, and dying," the CDC asserts. "As with other vaccine-preventable diseases, you are protected best from COVID-19 when you stay up to date with the recommended vaccinations, including recommended boosters."
Quadruple jabbed Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Boura tested positive for COVID-19 in August, and then announced again in September that he had tested positive, though he noted that he had not yet received the new bivalent booster.
"Studying the safety and efficacy of any medications, including vaccines, is an important component of public health," Ladapo said, according to a press release. "Far less attention has been paid to safety and the concerns of many individuals have been dismissed – these are important findings that should be communicated to Floridians."