Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis states that there won’t be a COVID mandate for children in Florida

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida Governor, drew a line in the sand Thursday and told reporters that he opposes mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for children.

A panel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), voted Wednesday to include the vaccine in the Recommended Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). The shots would not be mandatory.

DeSantis stated, “As long I’m kicking & screaming, there won’t be any COVID shot mandates to your kids,” during a speech to announce an executive order to provide tax relief to residents affected by Hurricane Ian. That is your choice as a parent.

According to the governor, he has received inquiries from his office about the CDC’s edition of the vaccine and schools mandating that students are vaccinated against COVID-19.

He said, “I get a kick from it when people kinda compare it to (measles mumps rubella shots and rubella shots), and things that have existed for decades and decades.” “Parents in Florida, for the most part, have decided against booster shots, especially for children under five.”

He said that these are new shots and added that Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo had not recommended booster shots for children. “His reason is that there hasn’t been any proven benefit to that.”

Ladapo posted about the CDC panel a few days before the vote and said that nothing would be different in Florida, regardless of the outcome.

He wrote Tuesday, “Regardless of what @CDCgov votes tomorrow about whether COVID-19 vaccines are added to routine child vaccinations – nothing changes” “Thanks to @GovRonDeSantis COVID mandates were NOT allowed in FL and NOT pushed into schools. I continue to advocate against them for healthy children.”

Politico reports that medical experts are rebutting Ladapo’s position on vaccines.

Missouri Gov. On Thursday, Mike Parson also expressed opposition to mandatory vaccines for children.

He tweeted, “As long I am Governor of Missouri I will do all I can to ensure that COVID vaccines are not mandated in our schools by the federal government.”

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