White House slams DeSantis for making it harder for kids to get covid vaccine
The White House criticized Republican administration’s Ron DeSantis for not pre-ordering doses of the covid vaccine for children, as the FDA allowed shots as young as six months old.
Florida is the only state that did not pre-order the medication to have on hand when the FDA made the authorization. Last week, President Joe Biden’s administration encouraged states to submit their orders before the federal agency’s expected decision to allow shots to children.
Not pre-ordering can leave Florida up to two weeks behind in getting enough doses of Pfizer and Moderna shots for kids under five.
The White House claimed Thursday afternoon that DeSantis relented.
“We are encouraged that after Governor DeSantis’ repeated failures to order COVID-19 vaccines, even after every other state ordered, the state of Florida is now allowing healthcare providers to order COVID-19 vaccines for our youngest children,” press secretary of the White House That’s what Karine Jean-Pierre said on Thursday afternoon.
She added that the government is urging the state to “order vaccines for its state and local health departments so that all parents in Florida have the opportunity to have their children vaccinated.”
The White House claimed that DeSantis had reversed itself and allowed state health care providers, including pediatricians and children’s hospitals, to order the vaccine.
But DeSantis’s office pushed back, saying they never told health care providers they couldn’t make the orders.
White House criticized Republican administration Ron DeSantis for not pre-ordering doses of covid vaccine, while press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said he was changing course
Florida — led by Republican government Ron DeSantis — was the only state not to order doses of Covid vaccine for children five and under
However, those private health care providers couldn’t access orders before a Tuesday deadline from the Centers Disease Control and Prevention to access initial doses during the first two weeks of availability. Deliveries can take up to two weeks to arrive based on orders placed on Friday, McClatchy reported:†
The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that Florida missed a deadline to request that the injections be delivered to roll out from June 21. In every other state, the injections will be distributed to vaccine suppliers, pharmacies and children’s clinics starting next week.
It comes after state health officials said in March that children and teens in the state should not be vaccinated due to the relatively limited risk they face from Covid compared to adults.
DeSantis confirmed his position, blaming media hysteria for fears some parents have of the virus, despite limited evidence that children are at risk from the virus.
“Our health department has been very clear, the risks outweigh the benefits,” DeSantis said at a news conference Thursday morning.
“That’s not the same as banning it, people can still access it if they want to, and patents can, but if you look at when they did the hearing, we had a doctor who said parents are really, really scared and we know that the risk is low, we’re not sure how this will work, but parents are afraid of Covid for their children.”
He said that fear, not science, is not a reason to approve the injections for children, pointing to the mainstream media as the reason for the nascent fear in parents.
‘Why should they be afraid of it? It’s because of media hysteria. It’s because of a lot of misinformation, that’s why they’re scared,” he added.
Shots are purchased at the federal level, with the White House paying the money needed to obtain the shots. Next, states must request allocations of the shots based on the expected need, which the federal government will meet as best it can.
The FDA has approved COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old, manufacturers announced Friday morning.
The expected move comes after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s top advisory panel voted earlier this week to recommend both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for approval.
Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will have to give the green light to their target rollout date of June 21. A CDC advisory panel will meet over the weekend.
This move makes America the nation with the youngest eligible COVID-19 vaccine age, an odd move given that data indicates that children are at limited risk for the virus and vaccination coverage in children ages five to 13 is low.
According to CDC data, children make up 0.1 percent of total deaths from the virus in the country and are also less likely to have a serious case or hospitalization from Covid.
The FDA has approved both the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for use in children six months to five years old. The shot will be available Tuesday, pending approval from the CDC as well.
“Many parents, caregivers and clinicians have been waiting for a vaccine for younger children and this action will help protect children up to 6 months of age,” FDA Commissioner Robert Califf said in a statement.
“As we have seen in older age groups, we expect that the vaccines for younger children will protect against the most serious consequences of COVID-19, such as hospitalization and death.”
Pfizer released preliminary data last month showing that the vaccine was 80 percent effective at preventing infection from Omicron, although the efficacy rate may change as more trial participants need to be infected before the numbers can be rounded up.
The Pfizer shot comes in three doses, as opposed to the standard two-dose for older age groups. It will also be just three micrograms, one-tenth the standard adult dose and one-third the dosage for children ages five to 12.
The switch was made late last year, when early data showed that just two doses of the shot offered little protection against the virus.
“We know that many parents in the US are eagerly awaiting an approved vaccine for their children under 5 and we are proud to now offer them a vaccine option with a favorable safety profile,” said Albert Bourla, CEO of the New York Times. York City-based Pfizer. said in a statement.
Moderna will use a two-dose injection for young children, with each injection being 25 micrograms — one-fourth the size of the adult injections.
In clinical trials, the Moderna injection was 50 percent effective at preventing mild infection from the virus.