Florida’s Surgeon General announced that the state will not be recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for healthy children.
There is no specific date given for when this recommendation will take place, or what age range of children will be affected. This announcement makes Florida the first state to snub the CDC in this regard.
There are a variety of reasons why Florida will not make this recommendation. First, there is still a lot unknown about the long-term effects of the vaccine. Also, children generally have a much lower risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19. Therefore, the potential benefits of the vaccine may not outweigh the risks for healthy children.
As it should be, the decision will be up to the child’s parents and their healthcare provider to determine.