Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has asserted that the White House is lying about his state’s response to COVID-19 shots for children.
Responding to a question from a reporter, the governor claimed that the Biden administration lied about the Sunshine State’s response to the FDA’s decision to allow children under the age of five to receive a COVID vaccine.
Last Friday, the FDA authorized the Pfizer and Moderna shots for children as young as 6 months old, just one day after Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted in front of a hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions that there are no scientific studies demonstrating that the COVID-19 vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalization and death in children, let alone transmission.
As soon as the vaccine was approved for children, states began ordering it — except for Florida, which obviously brought forth the usual criticism from the left and their allies in the mainstream media.
Then, out of nowhere, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Friday that after “repeated failures” to order the shots, DeSantis had “reversed course” and decided to allow healthcare providers to place orders for the vaccines.
Many left-wing news outlets, including The New Yorker, then amplified that lie in their reporting.
“This month, as vaccines were approved for children younger than five, every state in the country rushed to order supplies—except for Florida, where DeSantis resisted until he was overwhelmed by criticism,” read a New Yorker article by Dexter Filkins published on Monday.
DeSantis’ press secretary Christina Pushaw immediately went off on the New Yorker for publishing the lies.
This is a blatant lie from Dexter Filkins at @NewYorker. They did NOT fact-check this story- neither with our office, nor FL Dept of Health.
Governor DeSantis’ & State of Florida’s position on child Covid vaccines HAS NOT CHANGED. And he’s never been “overwhelmed by criticism”🤦♀️ pic.twitter.com/avSOcSx5KM
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) June 20, 2022
The problem was, it was too late. The lie had already begun to circulate throughout the media, and had even reached some of DeSantis’ supporters, who began to criticize him for changing his mind.
The Florida governor had said from the beginning that the vaccine would be available at healthcare facilities in the state, and could be ordered from the federal government via state internet portals, but Florida was recommending that the shots should not be administered to healthy children.
“Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there’s not going to be any state programs that are going to be trying to get COVID jabs to infants and toddlers and newborns,” DeSantis said. “That’s not where we’re going to be utilizing our resources.”
On Monday, the governor was asked by a reporter about the White House’s lies.
“There’s a lot of controversies, the end of last week, between your administration and the White House. What do you make of the White House saying the state reversed on child vaccines?” the reporter asked.
“The White House is lying about it, surprise,” DeSantis responded. “Not surprised the White House would lie, definitely not surprised that legacy media would amplify the lie, because that’s what they do. The state of Florida, they came out with an article saying the state of Florida has not ordered, it’s Department of Health has not ordered mRNA jabs for the babies. Yes, we didn’t. We recommend against it.”
The Florida governor — who has consulted with epidemiologists from Harvard, Stanford, Oxford and Yale — went on to say that Florida is “not going to have any programs where we’re trying to jab 6-month-old babies with mRNA.”
“That’s just the reality,” DeSantis added. “I think what they thought would happen was that we’d be embarrassed about that, no. We’re following the data.”