Ron DeSantis predicts fall and winter COVID-19 wave for Northern U.S.
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'I think one thing that we can't say is that the vaccines are creating herd immunity.'

Vaccines might not have provided the herd immunity officials expected, and Gov. Ron DeSantis says that means it will soon be the North’s turn for a COVID-19 wave.

Although nearly no vaccinated individuals have died or been hospitalized due to COVID-19, there have been more breakthrough cases than expected with the rise of the delta variant. Maintaining his claim that Florida’s current wave is seasonal, DeSantis on Tuesday predicted a similar rise in other parts of the country outside the Sun Belt.

“What we’re going to see is that — you’re already starting to see — but because you don’t have the herd immunity through the vaccinations, you’re going to start to see winter and fall waves in the Northern states,” DeSantis said in Jacksonville. “We have a summer season, but you’re going to see that, and so I think that that’s something that should be stressed more and more.”

As of Friday, 63% of Florida’s eligible population has received at least one shot. A smaller share, 53%, have received all their shots. That amounts to 46% of Floridians being fully vaccinated.

A larger share of people in Northern states have received a shot. However, the breakthrough cases are more likely to infect others than previously thought, according to some studies.

Fully vaccinated people with delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That rate is still lower than among unvaccinated people, and they also say vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period.

Cases are already on the rise in places like New York City.

“I think one thing that we can’t say is that the vaccines are creating herd immunity,” DeSantis said.

The Governor’s pro-personal choice take on the pandemic has drawn intense criticism, largely from across the aisle, including from President Joe Biden. Likewise, DeSantis has frequently criticized Democrats and leaders from Northern states for implementing lockdowns, though such measures are not currently contemplated.

The Governor has downplayed the latest wave in Florida, calling it seasonal. Last month, he reignited that claim as cases started to rise again.

“What we said — I made this comment at the beginning of May — look, this is a seasonal pattern. We knew it was going to be low in May, and it was. And we knew that at the end of June and July it would go up. Because that’s what happened last year,” DeSantis said in July. “And that’s not just unique to Florida.”

On Tuesday, DeSantis said that, while hospitalizations are on the rise at record-breaking rates, virus spread is on the decline, at least in Duval County. Duval County was on the front end of the state’s surge in cases, but the seven-day average number of new cases is down since the start of the month. Other parts of the state are also seeing cases flatten.

A declining number of new cases should lead to a declining number of hospitalizations down the line.

DeSantis also continued to tout monoclonal antibody treatment for people who are early in their infection. That treatment, recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to fight COVID-19, involves injecting laboratory-created antibodies into an infected patient’s system.

“At the end of the day, the vaccinated folks we know can get infected. It’s usually very mild, but there are high risk people,” DeSantis said. “If you have certain conditions the vaccines can only do so much under certain circumstances.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at r[email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Tom Palmer

    August 10, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    Dr. DeSantis strikes again

  • Alex

    August 10, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    He’s trying to distract from his Trumpian negligent stupidity

    • Tom

      August 10, 2021 at 10:46 pm

      Governor is right and as usual and you don’t know what you speak. He
      predicted the uptick 90 days ago. He held vaccination events across State.
      America’s Governor reads the science unlike you and your Manchurian bots.
      How’s your Democrat party now?
      Cuomo (POTUS’s AG LMAO) resigned you fool. Fondler, predator 13 women, made $5 million on book with Covid deaths. Pathetic, Decimated the state.
      Next, Cali Gov Newsom, decimated state. Extremist Lock downer, he’s likely to lose Sept.recall. How bout racist Virginia Gov Northam, mr black face. What a party.
      America’s Governor stands on Angels wings compared to that garbage. Camelot In Tallahassee. DeSantis will win re election by 10 pts. U know it all’s, know nothing.

      • Tjb

        August 12, 2021 at 10:48 am

        This is similar to an arsonist predicting a fire, that they will be starting.

  • Ellen

    August 10, 2021 at 4:06 pm

    We’ll see if Doctor DeSantis is correct in his prediction that the Northern states will become as toxic as the mess in Florida that he has created. And, of course, Dr. DeSantis, we have not achieved herd immunity and that’s because of people like you who have downplayed vaccinations at every chance they get. Vaccinations for 80% of the population is needed for herd immunity and we were told that months ago when the vaccines were being produced. Evidently you were kissing Trump’s ring when that fact was announced.

  • father gabriel

    August 10, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Playwright Dr. Larry Myers’
    is causing a sensation
    Covid Florida Vaccination!

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 11, 2021 at 11:43 am

    Yo Duffus Desantis so you know you are slaughtering Floridians? Lock him up! Get out Desantis!

  • Scott Bryan

    August 11, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    Der Dwarf is now an infectious disease expert.

    • Tom

      August 11, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      Scott, You are an ass!
      Ellen, While you were getting fondled by Ellen and Bill Clinton.

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