According to drafts of the analysis obtained by the Tampa Bay Times, the research that formed the basis of a controversial recommendation from Florida’s surgeon general warning young men against getting the COVID-19 vaccine omitted information that showed contracting the virus could increase the risk of a cardiac-related death much more than getting the mRNA shot.
Last October, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo issued a non-binding recommendation that was at odds with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Ladapo, a Harvard-educated physician Florida Governor Ron DeSantis chose to lead the state’s Department of Health in 2021, has come under fire for opposing COVID-19 requirements for protective gear and vaccinations along with the Republican governor.
Early versions of the analysis, which the Times obtained through a records request, indicated that contracting COVID-19 could significantly increase the risk of dying from cardiac causes over receiving the vaccine, but that information was absent from the final report released by the Florida Department of Health in October.
According to Ladapo, the risks of men between 18 and 39 developing cardiac issues exceed the advantages of receiving the mRNA vaccination.
According to Matt Hitchings, an infectious disease epidemiologist and professor of biostatistics at the University of Florida, parts of the analysis may have been omitted because they did not support the surgeon general’s preferred narrative.
Hitchings declared, “This is a serious breach of research integrity.” “(The vaccination) has done much to improve Florida residents’ health, and he’s inciting people to distrust it.”
In response to the Times article, Ladapo said on Twitter, “It’s sad that people rush to defend a vaccine that has shown increased cardiovascular risk in multiple studies,” and being unfortunate that COVID has corrupted scientists’ ability to think clearly about epidemiology.
Last year, Ladapo issued recommendations opposing immunizations for healthy youngsters, defying the advice of government public health officials who advocate for vaccinations for all children.
In response, the Florida chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the organization reiterated their support for immunizing eligible youngsters in written remarks.
DeSantis has also asked for the appointment of a grand jury to look into any wrongdoing involving the COVID-19 vaccines.
DeSantis is considering a run for the GOP presidential nomination. According to DeSantis’ request, pharmaceutical corporations had a financial incentive to foster a perception among the public that receiving the coronavirus vaccine would prevent them from infecting others.
In December of last year, the Florida Supreme Court granted the request.