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Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo disagrees with the FDA’s decision to vaccinate children under 5 against COVID-19. An FDA advisory panel held its second meeting Wednesday to determine whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are safe for young children.
More than 400 children under the age of 5 have died from the coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medical professionals in Florida have had mixed responses to vaccinating young children. Radapo, a medical professional, emphasized his objections based on the data.
“Before recommending these therapies or treatments to Floridians, we want to have good data that the benefits of any therapy or treatment outweigh the risks. That’s not going to change. I don’t think it’s particularly radical. I think it makes sense,” Lada Po said. “As far as I can see, there isn’t enough data on the benefits and risks for children. I think it’s pretty clear. »
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Jill Roberts, an associate professor of USF Health who watched the FDA meeting, believes that young Americans are falling behind on vaccinations compared to adults during the pandemic.
“Next time we face a pandemic, we can’t vaccinate children 18 months after the adult vaccine,” Roberts told WTVT. “So you can’t take data from an adult vaccine and then apply it to your kids. It just doesn’t work. They’re too small. Their doses are totally different. So we can’t do that. Next time we have a pandemic We really need to start all these things right away. »
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Florida researcher Matt Hitchings, on the other hand, told WTVT that he will be on the front lines with younger children, saying the data shows more positive findings than negative ones.
“This vaccine needs to be available so parents can make whatever choices they want to make themselves comfortable,” Hitchings said.
Young children should get three doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, while Moderna’s vaccine requires two because they use different strengths. The doctor should consult with the child’s pediatrician.