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Tue Jun 21, 2022, 01:20 PM

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: 'We are not going to order' vaccines for kids for state health department

Source: Orlando Sentinel

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis: ‘We are not going to order’ vaccines for kids for state health departments

Caroline Catherman
Mon, June 20, 2022, 3:22 PM

ORLANDO, Fla. — Amid backlash from political rivals, medical professionals and senior federal government officials alike, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday morning reaffirmed his decision not to preorder newly authorized COVID-19 vaccines or offer them at state health departments.

“We are not going to have any programs where we’re trying to jab 6-month-old babies with mRNA,” he said during a news conference at The Pig Bar-B-Q in Callahan. “We still have not ordered it. We’re not going to order it.”

Florida is the only U.S. state that did not preorder COVID-19 vaccines for kids under 5 before the Food and Drug Administration authorized them. After the FDA granted an emergency use authorization Friday, the state allowed health care providers to place orders for the vaccines, something providers in other states had been able to do since June 3.

Pfizer’s vaccine is one-tenth of its adult dose and is intended for kids 6 months to 4 years old. Moderna’s shot contains one-fourth of the dose given to adults and is intended for children 6 months to 5 years old. The shots will likely be given in three-course series.

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Read more: https://news.yahoo.com/florida-gov-ron-desantis-not-192200015.html

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 01:28 PM

1. DeSantis is targeting young children whose parents don't have access to adequate healthcare.

He's doing it to satisfy his racist supporters. What a piece of human excrement.

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Response to sop (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 01:31 PM

2. They will have to go to pharmacies (and must). No insurance needed as Federal program

contracts directly with them. DeSantis can't stop this. But the state's local public health clinics will be left unable to help... And, pharmacists (sorry, guys, it is true) are not the best to vaccinate infants and young children as young as six months--nor, I'd guess, do they want to.

At the mass COVID clinics I've participated in, all the kids five years and older were vaccinated by the few pediatricians, pediatric nurses, a handful of ER docs accustomed to treating kids, and veterinarians-- all specifically recruited given their experience dealing with children (or non-compliant patients). Other nurses, pharmacists, and others participating in adult mass clinics, frankly refused. And from what I could see, all the better. Not only did they team up to plan for dealing with scared kids, but they recruited a group to bring stuffed animals for them to pick out to take home and two of the veterinarians arranged to have litters of puppies there for the youngest to watch and play with afterward. Three of those mass clinics vaccinated more than 2000 young kids and could not have gone smoother.

So, good luck to pharmacists dealing with six-month-old infants and toddlers. It will be a challenge for them.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 01:47 PM

3. Notice the emphasis on the fact that they are mRNA vaccines?

He's clearly speaking to the crazy, conspiracy theory-spreading lunatics who have no idea of these (or likely any other) vaccines work. There's nothing inherently riskier about mRNA vaccines. In fact, they are actually far simpler than previous generation vaccines.

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 02:10 PM

4. Yep. He knows what he's doing. All the conspiracy theorists seem to be obsessed with the mRNA...

...technology in the new vaccines. The execrable Emerald Robinson got fired from NewsMax for being too extreme (!) in her antivax "reporting"; much of it was preoccupied with mRNA technology. NewsMax began requiring a Covid vaccination shortly after Fox News did. Robinson made so many shrill, ridiculous antivax tweets that NewsMax had no choice but to fire her after those tweets became international news. Another NewsMax "reporter", Steve Cortes, was fired for the same reason.

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Response to Bleacher Creature (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 03:33 PM

5. He's also speaking to the rightwing christian, anti-abortion crowd.

These people believe Covid-19 mRNA vaccines contain aborted fetal cells. Fetal cell lines, cells grown in a laboratory based on aborted fetal cells collected generations ago, were used in testing during research and development of the mRNA.

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Response to sop (Reply #5)

Tue Jun 21, 2022, 07:18 PM

6. It's not just mRNA technology that uses cell lines like HEK ("aborted" cells)...

...it's just about any kind of biotechnology or pharmaceutical you might use (including shingles vaccine, Tylenol, Zoloft, and Lipitor). "Aborted" cells are used in the production of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine (one that doesn't use mRNA technology) as well as the Regeneron monoclonal antibody treatment for Covid.

https://katv.com/news/local/conway-regional-ceo-says-covid-19-religious-exemption-isnt-an-attempt-to-shame-employees

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