The Biden administration said days ago that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) had changed direction and was ordering COVID-19 vaccines for young children.
According to Fox News, DeSantis said Monday that the White House lied about the state’s policy changes, and said that the media was choosing to ignore the erroneous policy.
DeSantis spoke to reports in a town just north of Jacksonville, Florida on Friday where he was asked about the controversy surrounding the vaccine policy.
The Florida governor set the record straight in no uncertain terms, saying that he had not changed his opinion, and despite the approval of vaccines for children under the age of 5, the state will not require it.
“The White House is lying about it, surprise. Not surprised the White House would lie, definitely not surprised that legacy media would amplify the lie, because that’s what they do,” DeSantis said.
“The state of Florida, 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. Yes, we didn’t. We recommend against it.”
“We are not going to have any programs where we’re trying to jab 6-month-old babies with mRNA,” he added. “That’s just the reality. I think what they thought would happen was that we’d be embarrassed about it.”
Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, informed reporters Friday that Florida had changed its position and now permits medical professionals to order the mRNA vaccinations for children between the ages of six months and five years of age.
“Even though Governor DeSantis reversed course and is now ordering vaccines, we will pull every lever to get pediatricians across Florida vaccines as quickly as possible,” she told McClatchy.
“This is an encouraging first step, and we urge the state to order vaccines for its state and local health departments, so that all Florida parents have the opportunity to get their children vaccinated.”
This came after Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo said that he did not agree with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to administer COVID vaccines for kids under 5. DeSantis has been firmly against the idea from the start, saying that he would not order mRNA vaccines for children.
“That was always that, we still have not ordered it, we are not going to order it,” he said. “Now what they’re saying is because practitioners and hospitals can order it, somehow we’ve reversed. I said from the beginning that we’d be able to do that. We don’t have the authority to prevent it, and quite frankly if someone wants to make a different decision, I would just caution people to look at the actual data in the clinical trial.”