The Biden administration and many medical professionals have celebrated the recent approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for children between 5 and 11 years old.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, recently asserted that his state would not join in the effort to inoculate young children against the virus amid concerns among some parents.
Officials approve vaccine for young kids
As a result of his declaration, it appears that Florida will not offer any state-run vaccination sites as it had earlier this year for adults. Instead, parents will be able to receive vaccine doses for their children at pharmacies and other locations across the state.
A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for young children this week, following a similar decision by a Food and Drug Administration panel.
The shots will provide about one-third of the dose given to adults and will feature a smaller needle.
For his part, the president remains adamant that all Americans should receive the vaccine. He celebrated the latest news on Wednesday, asserting that the federal government would roll out a vaccine program geared toward small children and calling on states and localities to cooperate in the distribution.
At an event in Jacksonville on Thursday, DeSantis insisted that his state would not be going to great lengths to assist the Biden administration.
“No shortage of availability”
“The vaccines are going to everybody in the normal medical system the way it is,” the governor said. “So we’re not doing vaccine sites. They’re at the pharmacies, they’re readily available for everybody.”
DeSantis went on to note that there is “no shortage of availability” for those who wish to vaccinate their children.
“But it’s not something that the state is administering at this point,” he advised. “We basically got it through the whole economy in April. So it’s been available at every drug store since then.”
There are sure to be many parents across the state who are anxious to sign their kids up for a child-sized dose of the vaccine, and DeSantis assured them that they would have the opportunity to do so.
At the same time, he appears to be continuing his trend of allowing individuals to decide for themselves whether they want the shot instead of the heavy-handed approach of Biden and other Democratic leaders throughout the United States.