Florida’s Department of Health has issued a warning to the public regarding the safety of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines.
In a public statement, Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, Ph.D., said that the state now recommends against giving mRNA coronavirus vaccines to men aged 18 to 39.
Ladapo cited a heightened risk of cardiac-related death.
In releasing the statement to the public, Ladapo warned that Florida “will not be silent on the truth.”
The statement from Ladapo comes at the conclusion of an analysis conducted by the Florida Department of Health that was carried out using a self-controlled case series, a technique used to evaluate vaccine safety, the state said.
“This analysis found that 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,” the statement said.
“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.
“Non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks.”
“As such, the State Surgeon General recommends against males aged 18 to 39 from receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement continued.
“Those with preexisting cardiac conditions, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, should take particular caution when making this decision.”
Most importantly, the analysis found that non-mRNA vaccines, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, “were not found to have these increased risks among any population.”
The analysis found that the mRNA vaccines also increased the risk of cardiac-related death in men over the age of 60 by 10%.
“Studying the safety and efficacy of any medications, including vaccines, is an important component of public health,” said Ladapo.
“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.”
Today, we released an analysis on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines the public needs to be aware of. This analysis showed an increased risk of cardiac-related death among men 18-39. FL will not be silent on the truth.
— Joseph A. Ladapo, MD, PhD (@FLSurgeonGen) October 7, 2022