Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo announced on Wednesday that the state’s Department of Health (FDOH) is officially advising against the use of Covid boosters for people under the age of 65. The announcement comes days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) voted to recommend new Covid shots “for all Americans ages six months and older.”
“In Florida, we will always use common sense and protect the rights and liberties of Floridians, including the right to accurate information,” Ladapo said during a virtual discussion hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis.
According to a press release from the FDOH, the agency based its new recommendations on the “absence of any meaningful booster-specific clinical trial data performed in humans” that warrants the shots’ approval by federal health agencies. FDOH also claimed that the federal government “failed to provide sufficient data to support the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccines.”