Florida Governor’s hand-picked Surgeon General Ron DeSantis has warned against getting the new COVID-19 booster vaccine, which is expected to be approved in the coming days.
The state’s surgeon general, Joseph Ladapo, made the claims at a news conference on Thursday, saying there was no evidence the vaccination took place and there were “red flags” about its safety.
The updated shots, which target an Omicron subvariant called
“Listen internally to what makes sense, what feels right, you know, what feels like truth,” Lapado said, offering his advice for taking up the vaccinations. “We all know it when we feel it within ourselves.”
DeSantis attended the event with Lapado and did not comment specifically on the booster shot, but criticized federal regulators at the FDA and CDC as corrupt and claimed they have “basically become an arm of Big Pharma.”
Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has warned against getting the new COVID-19 booster vaccine, which is expected to be approved in the coming days
Los Angeles residents are seen wearing masks at Union Station on August 31, as a surge in COVID cases prompts a return to pandemic habits in some areas
Spokespeople for the FDA and CDC did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com on Saturday.
Ladapo’s previous warnings about older versions of the COVID-19 vaccines were sharply rebuked by the two authorities in March when they released one open letter He accused him of “stoking vaccine hesitancy.”
“Based on the information available regarding the COVID-19 vaccines authorized or authorized in the United States, the known and potential benefits of these vaccines clearly outweigh their known and potential risks,” the letter said.
“It is the job of health departments across the country to protect the lives of the populations they serve, especially the vulnerable.” “Fueling vaccine hesitancy undermines these efforts,” added FDA Commissioner Robert Califf and then-CDC Director Rochelle Walensky signed the letter.
Approval of the updated COVID-19 booster shot is expected within days. Pfizer, Moderna and Novavax have all made new versions of the vaccine.
Similar to how flu shots are updated every year, the FDA has given COVID-19 vaccine makers a new recipe that targets the variant that was prevalent over the summer.
But as expected, the XBB.1.5 variant it targets disappeared in the months it took to optimize the vaccine.
CDC estimates show that XBB.1.5 is responsible for about 3 percent of current cases, while a number of other Omicron variants dominate, led by EG.5 at about 20 percent.
At Thursday’s event, held at an Irish pub in Jacksonville, DeSantis promised that Florida would not temporarily close schools or mandate mask-wearing amid rising COVID cases
In Uniondale, New York, a resident said last month that he was wearing a mask while working as a home health aide for a 70-year-old man because of a recent increase in COVID hospitalizations
The above shows that uptake of the booster vaccination rollout lagged last year, with fewer than 17 percent of eligible adults reporting
In his remarks at Thursday’s event, held at an Irish pub in Jacksonville, DeSantis promised that Florida would not temporarily close schools or mandate mask-wearing due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
“People are getting into this madness again,” DeSantis said. “When we see these things being orchestrated… there has to be pushback.”
The Florida governor is also hoping his message resonates on the campaign trail in the Sunshine State as he seeks the GOP nomination for president.
Shortly after Thursday’s press conference, his presidential campaign sent an email to supporters pledging to “fight back against any false attempt by the left to expand control of government” when it comes to COVID-19 precautions .
He also appeared on Fox News that evening and said, “No mask requirement, no requirement for school children, no requirement for COVID vaccination.”
DeSantis’ press conference in Jacksonville came nearly two weeks after three Black people were fatally shot there by a 21-year-old white supremacist who authorities say left behind ramblings that read like “the diary of a madman.”
As DeSantis answered questions at Thursday’s news conference, an unidentified man spoke up and said the governor “allowed guns to fill the streets” and was responsible for the shootings.
“I didn’t let that happen,” DeSantis shot back angrily. “I will not allow you to accuse me of criminal activity. I won’t put up with that!’
“They allowed people to hunt people like me,” the black audience member continued, prompting a visibly upset DeSantis to respond, “Oh, that’s nonsense. That’s such nonsense.”