Florida won’t recommend COVID-19 vaccinations for healthy children: Surgeon General

DeSantis roundtable
Florida set to recommend no COVID-19 jabs for children.

Florida’s Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo announced Monday during a COVID-19 roundtable that the state is officially rolling out a recommendation against childhood vaccinations for COVID-19 for healthy children.

Few details on the formal recommendation were available at the rountable, which featured Gov. Ron DeSantis and a cadre of doctors. However, it already received pushback from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Fried, a candidate for Governor, said DeSantis and Ladapo were pushing “dangerous COVID-19 misinformation that goes against all mainstream medical guidance.”

DeSantis, who made news last week by asserting a group of masked high school students were engaged in “COVID theater,” continues to emphasize pandemic messaging and the need to buck the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just days after a seemingly quixotic attempt to revive a medical free speech bill that hasn’t moved in the Legislature.

The Governor noted the timing of the event in introductory remarks, saying the state was “nearing the two-year anniversary of 15 days to slow the spread.”

DeSantis bemoaned a gap between “Faucian pronouncements” and the “corporate media,” which of course “always sided with” and “rejected the narrative,” and the “data” to which he adhered.

“Our state is kind of like the center of the world,” DeSantis said, noting in-migration trends. “I think it’s because people wanted to go to a free society.”

DeSantis also described having “liberated” students from masks, describing school kids as “vulnerable and voiceless.” And he blasted President Joe Biden for advocating for childhood COVID-19 vaccinations as well, with doctors on the call offering similar warnings about pediatric jabs.

Ladapo likewise recalled the “15 days to slow the spread” construction, saying those who prescribed lockdown solutions “had no idea what they were talking about.”

“People who have led us to the point where we are, they want us to forget how we got here,” Ladapo said. “We cannot let them forget. We have to hold them accountable.”

DeSantis noted his confidence in Ladapo.

“If CNN is attacking him, I know he’s doing the right thing,” the Governor quipped.

Other doctors echoed related points.

Dr. Christopher D’Adamo lauded Ladapo for talking about how lifestyle and behavior helped with COVID-19 mitigation, to which DeSantis carped that the Surgeon General was “criticized by the media for doing that.”

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a central figure in DeSantis’ COVID-19 strategy, again blasted “lockdowns” and their “devastating” harms “to poor and working-class children from around the world.”

“Lockdowns should be seen as a dirty word,” Bhattacharya contended.

Dr. Martin Kulldorff, another doctor central to DeSantis’ virus approach, criticized the rejection of “natural immunity” in favor of vaccine mandates.

“That goes against basic principles of public health,” Kulldorff said.

Dr. Sunetra Gupta discussed the last two years, and much of the “unnecessary” reaction to the latest coronavirus.

“We inverted the precautionary principle, do not cause harm, by doing the one thing we knew that would cause harm,” Gupta said.

Now, she added, we “watch the devastation.”

The roundtable’s messaging was echoed by a fundraising email that went out before the event started, in which DeSantis complained about the framing of his confrontation with the high school students at his event.

“They love nothing more than taking a completely harmless situation and ginning up phony, pent-up outrage to turn it into a full-fledged meltdown campaign. It’s all a part of their playbook, and frankly it’s predictable,” DeSantis said.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • TJC

    March 7, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    My outrage over the governor bullying high school students into taking off their masks was neither “phony, pent up” nor ginned up by any media outlet or liberal politician. My outrage was and continues to be real. The governor was embarrassed to see students willingly and voluntarily wearing masks to protect themselves and others from a virus that has not yet disappeared, embarrassed because he continues to insist that the virus was nothing, really, just the propaganda of Dr. Fauci, and we were all fools to try to contain it. And the 70,000 Floridians dead from this non-threat? Nothing to see here, says DeSantis, almost as if he wants to brag, “You don’t hear them complaining, do you?”
    Those high school students were smarter than DeSantis wanted them to be, and more independent than he wanted them to be, and for that they were treated to the classic bully meltdown of a grown man, the governor of Florida.
    Lesson learned.

  • Ron Ogden

    March 7, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    Ron DeSantis hits another home run on the way to knocking these no-scientists out of the park on this mandate issue. I know it drives them crazy to see free people taking stands against the tyranny of the test tube, but more power to the rebels and let us never again submit ourselves to the outrages that the scio-bureacracy committed in the name of “it’s good for you.” A dark, dark chapter in faceless compulsion.

  • Frankie M.

    March 7, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Great echo chamber roundtable. Hopefully they can get rid of all vaccinations while they’re at it. Darwin would be proud.

  • Career day

    March 7, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Oh man
    This is just going to make it even more awkward asking the anti vax kid what he wants to be when grows up

  • Beth

    March 8, 2022 at 5:33 am

    DeSantis is a politically motivated fool and Ladapo follows him around doing his bidding. Anyone who puts their children’s health in the hands of these two fools is crazy. That’s like taking medical advice from trump. The know nothing politicians need to stay out of medical care. Just once it would be nice to see DeSantis do something good for FL but that will never happen. He is too stupid to do anything but sow chaos. Cannot wait to see him voted out. It will be such a relief.

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