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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 [View all]

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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