TALLAHASSEE, FL – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Monday that he is sticking with his previously-announced decision not to preorder COVID-19 vaccine shots for children in his state, currently the only one in the country not to do so.
The news comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) granted their approval on Saturday for vaccines from pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna to be distributed to children aged 6 months to five years old.
“Together, with science leading the charge, we have taken another important step forward in our nation’s fight against COVID-19,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky. “We know millions of parents and caregivers are eager to get their young children vaccinated, and with today’s decision, they can. I encourage parents and caregivers with questions to talk to their doctor, nurse, or local pharmacist to learn more about the benefits of vaccinations and the importance of protecting their children by getting them vaccinated.”
However, DeSantis on Monday stated that the Florida Department of Health and state Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo had claimed that there was “no proven benefit” to children receiving the jab, and that the CDC used the “the weakest possible data” to arrive at their decision.
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“I would just caution people, look at the actual data in the clinical trial. It is the weakest possible data that you could possibly see,” DeSantis said. “Very small number of people, what the recommendation is from them doesn’t even track the outcome. People can ask their pediatricians, they can ask their doctors, ‘what’s the evidence of protection against severe disease?’ There was none in the clinical trial.”
DeSantis noted that he was not going to do anything to stop parents from getting their children vaccinated against COVID-19; he simply wasn’t going to assist them in any way.
The Florida Governor also slammed what he referred to as the “legacy media” and the Biden Administration for being critical of his decision not to preorder the children’s vaccine.
“They came out with an article saying ‘the state of Florida has not ordered, it’s department of health has not ordered mRNA jabs for the babies,’” said DeSantis. “Yes. We didn’t. We recommend against it. We are not going to have any programs where we are trying to jab six month old babies with mRNA. That’s just the reality. And I think what happened was they thought somehow that we would be embarrassed by that, no. We’re following the data. We still have not ordered it. We’re not going to order it.”