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Florida doctors can order COVID-19 shots for children under 5, White House says

Many people were not happy with the fact that Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida said the state would not order or distribute COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5. Florida was the only US state not to place advance orders. for vaccines previously approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The White House has also been extremely critical of the decision and announced on Friday that doctors in Florida will now be able to order the vaccine directly from the federal government. Orders will be sanctioned once the vaccines receive final approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the coming days.

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“We are encouraged that after Governor DeSantis’ repeated failures to order COVID-19 vaccines even after all other states have ordered, the State of Florida is now allowing health care providers to order COVID-19 vaccines for our youngest children,” the White House said. press officer Karine Jean-Pierre. “We believe it is essential to allow parents around the world to have the choice to have their children vaccinated and to have a conversation with their pediatrician or health care provider.”

The FDA finally cleared the COVID-19 vaccines for children ages six months to five years old on Friday and it is expected to be approved in a CDC vote on Saturday.

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The vaccine will be available at pharmacies and community health centers across Florida and orders can be placed by children’s hospitals and other clinics directly through a state portal.

“Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there won’t be any state programs trying to give infants, toddlers, and newborns COVID shots,” he said. DeSantis said at a press conference. “That’s not where we’re going to use our resources.”

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