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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Florida’s surgeon general spreads misleading information about COVID-19 vaccines

Miles Zaremski

Some time ago, I penned an Opinion piece for this site about the pandemic, and then how Gov. Ron DeSantis selected to be his surgeon general, Joseph Lapado, a person whose credentials and reliance upon vaccines to fight Covid-19 were seriously questioned. Well, Lapado is at it again.

On Wednesday, he officially told Floridians to stop taking the more popular version put out by Pfizer and Moderna known as the mRNA variety. But he does so citing a discredited theory that has been debunked by federal and global health officials, now as reported by major news outlets. And what was his motivation for doing so? According to his statement, he raised questions about the safety of the Covid-19 vaccines with the FDA, but the agency provided “no evidence” refuting his claims. BUT, the FDA did respond, refuting each of his claims, noting over 1 billion (yes, billion) shots given worldwide without safety concerns. Recall that when Lapado was at UCLA before being hired in 2021 by DeSantis, serious questions were raised by Lapado’s colleagues and boss about his honesty, integrity, and opinions on Covid-19 contrary to the best scientific evidence. A year later in 2022, Lapado recommended against healthy children getting the vaccine, and last year, he said no-one under 65 should get the then new Covid-19 vaccine booster. Responding, the CDC and FDA said such positions were harming us seniors in Florida. Again through public reporting, the FDA now raises concerns that Lapado is continuing to spread misinformation and disinformation.

Villagers, do NOT be guided by this physician’s statement for it ignores the millions that died or suffered from the effects of getting Covid without being first vaccinated. This is all the more important given this fall-winter season when there has been shown an uptick in the three avenues for respiratory illness: Covid-RSV-flu, with some states now even requiring masking in hospital settings. Bottom line: consult with your physician as to what is best for you when it comes to being vaccinated or boosted for Covid-19!

Miles Zaremski is a resident of the Village of Dunedin.

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