On Friday, Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo, M.D., Ph.D., announced in a statement that the state no longer recommends giving men ages 18 to 39 mRNA COVID vaccines, now recommending against vaccinating against COVID, citing a heightened risk of cardiac-related death.

This comes at the end of an analysis conducted by the Florida Department of Health, carried out using a self-controlled case series, a technique used to evaluate vaccine safety, the state said.

“This 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,” the statement said. “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. Non-mRNA vaccines were not found to have these increased risks.”

“As such, the State Surgeon General recommends against males aged 18 to 39 from receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement continued. “Those with preexisting cardiac conditions, such as myocarditis and pericarditis, should take particular caution when making this decision.”

Most importantly, the analysis found that non-mRNA vaccines, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, “were not found to have these increased risks among any population.”

The analysis said that the mRNA vaccines also increased the risk of cardiac-related death in men over the age of 60 by 10%.

“Studying the safety and efficacy of any medications, including vaccines, is an important component of public health,” said Ladapo. “Far less attention has been paid to safety and the concerns of many individuals have been dismissed – these are important findings that should be communicated to Floridians.”

This announcement comes as an increasing number of voices are beginning to doubt the “safe and effective” label placed on the COVID mRNA vaccines when they were first being produced. Medical professionals have begun to openly state their doubts over the vaccines, and begun advising individuals not to submit to future boosters.