The Louisiana Department of Health argued against misinformation about COVID-19 in Monday’s Louisiana House Committee on Health and Welfare.
The Louisiana Department of Health says they are continuing to add the COVID-19 vaccine to the school immunization schedule. This proposed rule will be promulgated through the normal, deliberate and transparent regulatory process, they say.
Monday’s legislative hearing was the next step in that process — and LDH welcomed members’ questions and the opportunity to clear up misinformation.
During the hearing, LDH spoke about the spread of misinformation about COVID-19.
“The intentional spread of health disinformation is especially dangerous during a pandemic because it confuses and can mislead families with legitimate questions,” said State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter. “The Louisiana Department of Health is committed and will continue to share the facts, but we alone cannot win the battle against misinformation. To do that, we are all needed – and it starts with demanding better. Many of us inadvertently spread misinformation; we try to inform others who do not realize that the information is incorrect. If you’re not sure, don’t share.”
US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has warned that health disinformation poses a serious threat to our nation and costs American lives during the pandemic.
Dr. Joseph Kanter’s opening statement to the House Committee is included below.
A few important facts:
- LDH suggests adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the school immunization schedule only for ages that have received full license and approval from the FDA, who are currently 16 and older. Full licensure and FDA approval represent the highest level of safety and efficacy approval from the US government.
- Louisiana law allows parents to easily exempt their child from a vaccine on the immunization schedule simply by claiming a medical, religious, or personal/philosophical exemption. Adding COVID-19 to the schedule will also allow parents to easily exempt their children from this vaccine.
- No one is immune to COVID-19 and its serious consequences, including children. More than 25% of COVID-19 infections in Louisiana were in children, resulting in 18 deaths and more than 275 cases of Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).
For the full statement from Dr. Kanter can be read here on Monday
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