DeSantis Slams White House and Media for ‘Lying’ About Florida’s COVID Vaccine Policy For Babies

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Monday accused the White House of lying about his administration’s policy regarding mRNA COVID-19 injections for babies, and blasted the corporate media for amplifying the lie.

Last week, after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greenlighted the experimental mRNA “vaccines” for children as young as six-months-old, news quickly spread that every state but Florida had placed an order with the federal government for COVID shots for babies and toddlers.

The governor had previously said “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 going to be utilizing our resources.”

On Friday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told McClatchy News that Florida had reversed its policy, and was ordering the mRNA vaccines for children 6 months to 5 years old.

“We are encouraged that after repeated failures by Governor DeSantis to order COVID-19 vaccines even after every other state had ordered, the State of Florida is now permitting healthcare providers to order COVID-19 vaccines for our youngest children,” Jean-Pierre told McClatchy. “We believe it is critical to allow parents everywhere to have the choice to get their kids vaccinated and have a conversation with their pediatrician or healthcare provider.”

Jean-Pierre continued: “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. 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.”

During an event in Callahan, Florida, Gov. DeSantis vigorously refuted Jean-Pierre’s take on the situation.

“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. “They came out with an article saying the state of Florida has not ordered—its 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. That’s just the reality,” he declared.

DeSantis was in Nassau County Monday to present a $4 million check to the town of Callahan to fund the building a clean water supply plant, which is expected to have a big impact on the economy.

The governor told reporters that “there’s been absolutely zero change in our recommendations” and reminded the crowd that Florida was also the first state to recommend against mRNA vaccines for 6 to 11 year olds.

“We never had any state programs for any of that. There have been some practitioners have ordered it and some have gotten it. Most parents are not giving it to the kids with the mRNA, and this is the same thing,” he added.

“That was always that, we still have not ordered it, we are not going to order it,” DeSantis declared. “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. It is the weakest possible data that you can possibly see. Very small number of people, what the recommendation is from them doesn’t even track the outcomes.”

The governor surmised that articles hitting Florida for not ordering mRNA vaccines for babies were meant to “embarrass” his administration, but argued that the Sunshine State is actually in line with what other countries are doing.

“I think what they thought would happen was that we’d be embarrassed about it,” he said. “No, we’re following the data.”

DeSantis cited the policies of several European countries, which he noted are much more cautious about administering the mRNA jabs to young people.

“A lot of them don’t allow Moderna for under age 30, or they recommend against it,” he said, referring to the five Nordic countries that have either banned, paused, or restricted use of the Moderna vaccine due to concerning reports of heart inflammation in people who have taken that jab.

DeSantis said those countries had done a better job navigating through the pandemic than Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), or the White House.

DeSantis then went to the heart of the problem, accusing the regulatory agencies of becoming “subsidiaries of the pharmaceutical companies.”

“People can make their judgments, but ask questions. The fact of the matter is, this whole year has shown us, these regulatory agencies in the federal government have shown us that they have become subsidiaries of the pharmaceutical companies,” DeSantis said. “They are not independent regulators, they are basically there to rubber stamp what Pfizer wants to do. So people can make their judgements on it, but we have not ordered any for the Department of Health.”

The governor said that Floridians can talk to their doctors and pediatricians about the benefits of vaccinating children, while noting that Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo had determined that there was no upside to vaccinating babies.

“Joe Ladapo, our Department of Health has looked at it, there is no proven benefit to put a baby with an, on mRNA. That’s why our recommendation is against it, that’s different from prohibiting the use of it,” DeSantis said, adding that the state did not have the authority to prohibit the vaccines. “Quite frankly, we’re confident people can make their own judgment on. I would say when you look at the trial, one of the things they did, they did not have babies or very young kids who had recovered from COVID in the trial. So we don’t know what this will do for people who had recovered.”

Idaho pathologist Dr. Ryan Cole has been strenuously warning against injecting children with the mRNA gene therapies, calling it nothing less than child abuse.

“Putting this needle with this gene in their arm is nothing short of child abuse anywhere in the world. Wrong shot, wrong protein, wrong virus with a lipid nanoparticle that we don’t know where it’s gonna land,” he warned in a recent interview. “We do know it goes to their ovaries. We do know that these kids, most, have had COVID. You never give a vaccine to someone who’s recovered from a disease. It’s scientifically illogical. So, brain, heart, any organ. Don’t touch the children; it’s abuse.”

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.