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Media Outrage over Florida’s Jab Policy for Toddlers

Critics blame DeSantis for not pre-ordering toddler shots, but the numbers show that the enthusiasm for injecting infants remains low across the nation.

Media reports claim that parents are having a hard time finding the COVID-19 vaccine for the toddlers in Florida, and frequently blame the state’s policy of not recommending the jab for infants that age – and thus not pre-ordering the vaccines.

But across the nation, parents do not seem very inclined to inject their youngest with the substance – nationally, the toddler vaccination rate stands at 7 percent, according to the latest CDC figures.

“It is essential for health care practitioners to analyze existing data on the COVID-19 vaccine alongside parents when deciding to vaccinate children,” Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph A. Ladapo said in a statement. “Based on currently available data, the risks of administering COVID-19 vaccination among healthy children may outweigh the benefits. That is why these decisions should be made on an individual basis, and never mandated.”


Governor Ron DeSantis has been the subject of countless attacks in the legacy media for choosing not to mandate the injection of toddlers with a substance that has no long-term study data available, and for which the safety profile has been called into question by doctors and experts, whose voices largely have been ignored by the mainstream press and censored or silenced on social media platforms, claiming “disinformation.”

As of August 24, only 7 percent of U.S. children of the age 6 months to 4 years old had received a first dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Numbers vary greatly between different states. In Florida, the number is even lower: 1.6 percent.


This bottom figure indicates that an overwhelming majority of parents have little trust in the toddler vaccine push, despite government and media campaigns to convince them to inject their progeny. In the mainstream media, we find the opposite position. In fact, the eagerness to push needles into kids is remarkably apparent in news stories published by the Palm Beach Post, for example:

“Florida’s youngest children fall severely ill to COVID-19 more often than almost anywhere else, while their vaccine uptake is among the nation’s lowest, and doctors say it’s mainly because of Gov. Ron DeSantis,” the newspaper, which also shows enthusiasm for the testing of sewage for COVID-19,  writes.

But other medical professionals disagree with the description that COVID-19 poses a serious threat to children.

“For children, the mortality risk is very small and the known and any still unknown risks from adverse reactions may outweigh the benefits at reducing hospitalizations and death from Covid, which are unfortunately still unknown,” Martin Kulldorff, former Professor of Medicine at Harvard University states.


At a roundtable organized by the Florida Department of Health in March, Dr. Joseph Fraiman seemed to agree with that statement:

“The question is, if you have a child who's at risk or has co-risk factors for COVID-19, that's a discussion with your pediatrician, but if you have a healthy child, the chances of that child dying are incredibly low, essentially close to zero, if not actually zero. Then the next part of the analysis that you would have to think about are the side effects of the vaccine and the symptoms of COVID-19. The vaccine causes severe symptoms in children and adults.”