Florida only state not preordering toddler COVID-19 vaccines

MIAMI — Florida is the only state that hasn’t preordered COVID-19 vaccines for toddlers in anticipation of their closing approval by the federal authorities, and Gov. Ron DeSantis stated Thursday that he will not facilitate their distribution, although he stated they will be accessible to those that need them.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre, who confirmed Florida’s outlier standing on Thursday, stated not preordering the vaccines may imply delaying their availability in youngsters’s hospitals and different amenities which have relied on state distribution of the pictures.

Florida officers stated the jabs could be accessible at pharmacies and group well being facilities, which might preorder them instantly from the federal authorities, and that youngsters’s hospitals and different clinics would have the ability to organize them from the federal authorities by way of a state portal and obtain them shortly.

“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 stated at a information convention. “That’s not where we’re gonna be utilizing our resources.”

The closing OK may come this weekend for vaccines for youths beneath 5. The Food and Drug Administration’s vaccine advisers gave a thumbs-up Wednesday to kid-size doses from Pfizer and Moderna for kids as younger as 6 months, deciding the advantages of the pictures outweigh any dangers.

Florida’s Health Department does not suggest COVID-19 vaccines for wholesome youngsters beneath 17, however says youngsters with underlying well being circumstances ought to be thought of candidates for them. That recommendation contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which to this point has advisable the vaccines for everybody 5 years and older, saying the pictures present robust safety in opposition to hospitalization and dying.

In Florida, pharmacies and a number of other grocery store chains, plus some group well being facilities, can preorder vaccines instantly from the federal authorities. Other venues akin to hospitals have beforehand benefited from the state’s preordering of pictures. However, in addition they can organize them instantly from the federal authorities by way of a Florida authorities internet portal and obtain the doses inside days or per week, stated well being division spokesman Jeremy Redfern.

Preordering the pictures would imply the Florida well being division would stockpile them, ship them to county-level well being departments after which out to the hospitals, Redfern stated. Hospitals that use the portal will probably be receiving the pictures instantly from the federal authorities, he stated.

“The timing doesn’t necessarily change” in a significant way, Redfern said. “This just cuts out the middle man.”

Jean-Pierre, at a news conference in Washington, said parents would be able to access children’s vaccines through federal distribution channels at pharmacies and community health centers, “but those are limited options.”

“We inspired Florida on a number of events to order vaccines,” Jean-Pierre said. By not doing so, the state “will not have immediate, ready access to some,” she stated.

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