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Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo disagrees with the FDA’s decision to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to children under 5 years of age. The FDA’s advisory panel met Wednesday for the second time to determine whether Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines are safe for young children. kids.
More than 400 children under the age of 5 have died from coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Medical professionals in Florida have mixed reactions to vaccination of young children. Ladapo is a medical professional who emphasizes his opposition based on data.
“We hope to have good data that the benefits outweigh the risks of any therapy or treatment before recommending those therapies or treatments to Floridians. That’s not going to change. I don’t think it’s particularly radical. I think it’s very sensible,” Ladapo said. “From what I have seen, there is not enough data to report the benefits and risks in children. I think that’s very unequivocal.”
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Jill Roberts, an associate professor at USF Health who observed the FDA meetings, feels that young Americans were behind on vaccines compared to adults during the pandemic.
“The next time we face a pandemic, we can’t have a vaccine for children 18 months behind that for adults.” Roberts told WTVT. “So you can’t use data from an adult vaccine and then give it to your kids. It just doesn’t work. They’re too young. Their dose is totally different. So we can’t do that. The next time we have a pandemic, we really we have to get all of these things going at once.”
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On the other hand, Florida investigator Matt Hitchings, who tells WTVT he will be first in line with his young children, says the data shows a more positive than negative conclusion.
“This vaccine needs to be available so that parents can make whatever decision they want to feel comfortable with,” Hitchings said.
Young children should get three shots of the Pfizer vaccine, while the Moderna vaccine requires two doses because they use different concentrations. Physicians should consult your children’s pediatricians.