The Biden administration’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday added the COVID-19 experimental vaccines to the immunization schedule for young children. The move will doubtless lead many states to mandate parents to have their children receive the jab in order to attend school.
However, not every jurisdiction will fall into line. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) has left no doubt that the COVID vaccine will not be mandated in the Sunshine State as long as he has anything to say about it.
As long as I am Governor, in Florida there will not be a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for children in our schools. pic.twitter.com/oDXAj3c4Oy
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) October 20, 2022
During a public appearance on Thursday to announce tax relief for residents impacted by Hurricane Ian, DeSantis took the opportunity to also assure Florida parents that there will be no mandate for child vaccinations. He said: “As long as I’m kicking and screaming, there will be no COVID shot mandates for your kids.”
The governor noted that Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo has not issued a recommendation for COVID jabs or for booster shots for other longstanding vaccines, such as those for measles, mumps, and rubella. He said that Ladapo has not found any “proven benefit” for those shots in children under 12.
A day before the CDC announcement, Ladapo posted a tweet that said nothing would be changing in Florida, “regardless of what CDC votes tomorrow on whether COVID-19 vax are added to routine child immunizations.” He added thanks to DeSantis for childhood mandates not being allowed in the state or “pushed into schools.”
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) posted a tweet on Thursday echoing DeSantis’s sentiments about vaccine mandates for young kids. He wrote, “As long as I am Governor of Missouri, I will do everything under my authority to never let the federal government mandate COVID vaccines in our schools.”
When I am Governor the Covid Vax will NEVER be mandatory for children in AZ.
You have my word. https://t.co/f8uzXSf1D4
— Kari Lake (@KariLake) October 19, 2022
Kari Lake, Republican candidate for Arizona governor in next month’s election, posted a tweet on Tuesday in anticipation of the CDC announcement that came a day later. She told voters: “When I am Governor the Covid Vax will NEVER be mandatory for children in AZ. You have my word.”