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Florida’s DeSantis Boldly Bumps Heads With Washington After Refusing To Order COVID Vaccines For Kids Under Five, Keeping Floridas Kids Safe

  On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that the state would not be ordering COVID-19 vaccines for young children, regardless...


On Thursday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed that the state would not be ordering COVID-19 vaccines for young children, regardless of the Food and Drug Administration’s unanimous endorsement of the Pfizer and Moderna shots for babies and kids under 5. 

“There is not going to be any state programs that are going to be trying to get COVID jabs to infants, toddlers, and newborns,” the Desantis said in response to a question asked at a press conference. “That’s not something that we think is appropriate, and so that’s not where we are going to be utilizing our resources.”

The White House was quick to criticize the Governor. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the decision means parents in Florida will find it harder to access vaccines for their children than people in other states.

“By being the only state not-pre-ordering, pediatricians for example in Florida will not have immediate-ready access to vaccines,” Jean-Pierre said during Thursday’s White House briefing. “Some pharmacies and community health centers in the state get access through federal distribution channels, but those options are limited for parents.”

The White House would not specify whether the alleged delay of vaccine access for children would be a matter of days, weeks, or even months. 

The majority of pharmacies and community health centers in Florida still receive the vaccines directly from the manufacturers and not through governmental management services.

According to a report by the Miami Herald, all other states except Florida have pre-ordered the vaccine for children under five. 

The FDA has not officially authorized the vaccines for emergency use in children under 5. However, the approval is expected this weekend after a review from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention panel. 

Many spoke up to applaud DeSantis for the decision, noting he is the only Governor standing up against the call to vaccinate young children. 

Critics accused Desantis of “hating children,” even though, since the early days of the pandemic, young children have been considered at low or no risk for severe illness from the infection. 

On Thursday, Senator Rand Paul called out Dr. Anthony Fauci for inferred data, without proper testing, that was the basis of the impending approval of the vaccine for the youngest Americans. 

Even Dr. Fauci admitted there is no data to suggest that the vaccine will reduce the risk of hospitalization in young children. 

DeSantis stands by his statement for the resident of his home state of Florida, “We are affirmatively against the COVID vaccine for young kids.”

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