Gov. Ron DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw smacked back hard against derision from a CNN correspondent who ridiculed Florida for not ordering COVID vaccines for little children.
CNN correspondent Bill Weir snarked on Twitter that “49 states preordered COVID vaccines for kids under 5 so they’ll be ready as soon as there is FDA approval. Take a guess which state did not.”
He then sent out a link to the Miami Herald reporting on the story.
Pushaw saw the tweets, took note, and then hammered Weir into the ground.
“The state everyone is moving to?” she responded, effectively nuking the mockery of Weir.
The state everyone is moving to?
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) June 16, 2022
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) June 16, 2022
Live look at Bill Weir pic.twitter.com/P49TeJDLvQ
— Doug Ross (@directorblue) June 16, 2022
Pushaw also tweeted remarks by Florida’s GOP governor: “‘Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there are not going to be any state programs to get covid jabs to infants and toddlers and newborns. That’s not something that we think is appropriate. So that’s not where we’re gonna be utilizing our resources.’ – @GovRonDeSantis.”
"Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there are not going to be any state programs to get covid jabs to infants and toddlers and newborns. That's not something that we think is appropriate. So that's not where we're gonna be utilizing our resources." – @GovRonDeSantis
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) June 16, 2022
The Food and Drug Administration has seen fit to recommend the COVID vaccine for kids six months up to five years old.
“Advisers to the U.S Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday unanimously recommended the agency authorize COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and Pfizer Inc (PFE.N)/BioNTech SE (22UAy.DE) for millions of the youngest American children,” Reuters reported.
“The committee’s recommendation is an important step toward immunizing children under the age of 5 and as young as 6 months old who have not yet been eligible for the shots,” the media outlet reported.
Authorization of the vaccine for very young children is reportedly on the horizon.
“The FDA is likely to authorize the shots soon. The U.S. government is planning for a June 21 start to its under-5 vaccination campaign should the vaccines receive FDA authorization, White House COVID-19 response coordinator Ashish Jha said last week,” Reuters continued.
“COVID-19 is generally more mild in children than adults, but FDA officials told the panel that the number of U.S. COVID deaths so far in small children – roughly 442 under age 5 – ‘compared terribly’ to the 78 deaths reported during the swine flu pandemic of 2009-2010,” it added.
Florida is being criticized for not pre-ordering COVID vaccines for children under 5. @HealthyFla doesn't recommend it. @GovRonDeSantis "Why are people so frightened about COVID in kids? Media hysteria and misinformation." pic.twitter.com/2ZoCJghZAs
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) June 16, 2022
Jeremy Redfern, who is the press secretary for the Florida Department of Health, confirmed that the department “chose not to participate” in the vaccination program, according to the Miami Herald.
“The Florida Department of Health 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,” he asserted.
“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,” Redfern added. “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.”
— Frog Capital🌐 (@FrogNews) June 16, 2022
Florida”s Surgeon General and Secretary of the State Department of Health, Joseph Ladapo, has been very critical of vaccination requirements for adults. In March, he recommended against vaccinating healthy children and the News Service of Florida reported Wednesday that Ladapo would not support inoculating the state’s youngest children either, according to McClatchy Newspapers.
“We expect to have good data that the benefits outweigh the risks of any therapies or treatments before we recommend those therapies or treatments to Floridians. That is not going to change. I don’t think that is particularly radical. I think it’s very sensible,” Ladapo remarked, according to Fox 13. “From what I have seen, there is just insufficient data to inform benefits and risk in children. I think that’s very unequivocal.”
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