Breaking with federal guidelines, Gov. Ron DeSantis is advising Florida residents under the age of 65 to skip the new COVID vaccines.
“I will not stand by and let the FDA [Food and Drug Administration] and CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] use healthy Floridians as guinea pigs for new booster shots that have not been proven to be safe or effective,” DeSantis said.
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo is also urging people to pass on the vaccine, citing high levels of community immunity.
“With the amount of immunity that’s in the community — with virtually every walking human being having some degree of immunity, and with the questions we have about safety and about effectiveness, especially about safety, my judgment is that it’s not a good decision for young people and for people who are not at high risk at this point in the pandemic,” Ladapo said last week at a round table in Tallahassee hosted by DeSantis.
The CDC recommends everyone six months and older receive the updated COVID-19 vaccine as the fall and winter seasons near. Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have new shots available.
Locally, Latinos Salud, a community health organization serving the Latino and LGBT communities in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, will be offering the vaccine, confirmed Executive Director Stephen Fallon.