June 16, 2022 Updated 12:10 P.M. ET
MIAMI (FLV) – Gov. Ron DeSantis Thursday defended Florida’s decision not to order Covid vaccines for kids under 5 years old, making it the only state to take this stance.
“There’s not going to be any state programs that are going to give covid jabs to infants, toddlers and newborns,” DeSantis said. “That’s not something that we think is appropriate. So that’s not where we’re going to be utilizing our resources in that regard.”
FDA officials are expected to authorize the vaccines for emergency use for children 6 months to five years of age.
“It is also no surprise we chose not to participate in distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine when the Department does not recommend it for all children. Doctors can order vaccines if they are in need, and there are currently no orders in the Department’s ordering system for the COVID-19 vaccine for this age group,” the Florida Department of Health said in a statement.
“The Florida Department of Health (Department) has made it clear to the federal government that states do not need to be involved in the convoluted vaccine distribution process, especially when the federal government has a track record of developing inconsistent and unsustainable COVID-19 policies.”
Governor DeSantis said Thursday the vaccines would still be available at doctors offices or hospitals for parents who want the vaccine for those children, but the state does not recommend it.
“That’s different than saying you can’t. You are free to choose. That’s not an issue,” DeSantis said.
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