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Fla. surgeon general says COVID vaccine presents ‘high risk’ of heart-related deaths in young men

Benefits of vaccine ‘likely outweighed’ by apparent risks to younger males.

Published: October 8, 2022 1:12pm

Updated: October 8, 2022 1:17pm

The Florida surgeon general issued a grim warning this week about the possible side-effects of COVID vaccines for young men, claiming that the injections present significant risks of heart-related deaths in that demographic.

Joseph Ladapo said in a statement on Friday evening that a Florida Department of Health analysis "found that there is an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination."

"With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group," the statement said, adding that "non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks."

Ladapo’s office said it "recommends against males aged 18 to 39 from receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines."

"Those with preexisting cardiac conditions, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, should take particular caution when making this decision," it added. 

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