WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Joe Biden urged parents to vaccinate their children after COVID-19 vaccines for young kids ages 5 and under were approved.
- Biden took a swipe at GOP officials, saying they “shouldn’t get in the way to make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be vaccinated.”
- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declined to pre-order COVID-19 vaccines for young kids in his state.
President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke at the White House to tout the day COVID-19 vaccines were approved for children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.
Biden took a swipe at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for refusing to use state resources to help health providers pre-order vaccines for young kids.
According to the president, he understood that some parents may have skepticism, but the decision to get a child vaccinated shouldn’t be a political one.
“Let’s be clear, elected officials shouldn’t get in the way to make it more difficult for parents who want their children to be vaccinated and want to protect them and those around them,” Biden said. “This is no time for politics. It’s about parents being able to do everything they can to keep their children safe.”
Infectious disease experts and some Democrats criticize DeSantis for his decision not to preorder COVID-19 vaccines for infants and young kids ahead of the approval of the vaccines.
Florida was the only state that did not place an order.
If Florida had a small stockpile of doses on hand, pediatricians and children’s hospitals could have started administering shots after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s approval.
“The United States is now the first country in the world for safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old,” the president said. “For the first time in our fight against this pandemic, nearly every American can now have access to life saving vaccines.”
The president visited a vaccination clinic in Washington, D.C. earlier that day to see the rollout of the vaccines. Some of the first doses were being administered in that clinic.
Administration officials are focusing their rollout efforts on community vaccination centers, pediatricians and family physicians.
Source: The Hill