Ron DeSantis Has a Fierce Retort for the CDC After It Votes for Kids to Get Annual Covid Shots

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis didn’t mince words in his message to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday after its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted unanimously for children as young as 6 months old to receive Covid shots.


“There’s been a lot of questions out to our office about the CDC… potentially adding Covid vaccine to the childhood immunization schedule,” DeSantis said. “And I know a lot of parents are concerned about that because if that’s on the immunization schedule, the fear is that schools could potentially mandate your child to get a Covid shot, even if that’s not something that you want to do.”

“So I just want to let everyone be clear. You know, as long as I’m around and as long as I’m kicking and screaming there will be no Covid shot mandates for your kids. That is your decision,” he said.

“That is your decision to make as a parent,” he went on. “These are are new shots. I get a kick at it when people kind of compare it to MMR and stuff. Things that have been around for decades and decades. So parents, by and large, most parents in Florida have opted against doing these booster shots for their — particularly for the young kids. The Surgeon General of Florida does not recommend this for young kids, for kids under, under 18. And basically as reason for that, there’s not really been a proven benefit for that. I mean, we can get into some of the potential side effects. You don’t even really need to do that. Not been a proven benefit.”

“But it’s a free state,” the governor said. “Parents can make the other decision, if that’s what they want. The important thing is that school districts are not mandating this.”

The CDC objects to the characterization of the Covid vaccination guidance as a ‘mandate’ for kids to get the mRNA shots. However, states and school districts around the country will simply adopt the CDC guidance as a rationale to mandate children receive the jabs to go to public schools or to play organized sports. Read more