Ron DeSantis says he got COVID-19 jab so he wouldn’t be ‘out of pocket’
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'We were told that these vaccines prevented infection.'

Florida’s Governor is offering a new take on his inoculation against COVID-19 early in the pandemic. He says he got it so he could keep doing his job.

During a press conference with reporters in New England, Gov. Ron DeSantis explained that he got the “one and done” Johnson & Johnson shot so he wouldn’t run the risk of being “out of pocket” during a critical time for the state.

“We did do one shot of the Johnson & Johnson. And that was it for me. And basically the reason why I did it, even though I’m low risk for COVID, is because we were told that these vaccines prevented infection. And so I was Governor and I didn’t want to be out of pocket for two weeks because I got infected,” DeSantis said.

“Well, it turns out that these vaccines really didn’t prevent infection. And so, and then the booster data was very, very poor. So we never did any of the booster shots,” he added.

These comments accord with DeSantis’ previous statements.

“I’ve done whatever I did, the normal shot, and that at the end of the day is people’s individual decisions about what they want to do,” DeSantis said when he was asked if he had received a booster shot by host Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures in December 2021.

DeSantis had once been enthusiastic about the one-shot “great vaccine” as key to the state’s strategy, saying earlier 2021 that senior citizens were enthusiastic about getting “one shot and then go about your business.”

The Associated Press reported in April of that year that DeSantis had received the single-dose vaccine. The information was confirmed belatedly by the Governor’s Office. DeSantis did not do a public press event where he got vaccinated, a contrast to many other politicians of both parties. But he did lend his political capital to the vaccine.

In that same month, he said President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris had personally contributed to vaccine hesitancy by “saying this was a bad vaccine.”

Later that month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a temporary pause on the J&J vaccine over limited reports of blood clots in six women in the days after vaccination.

At the time, DeSantis acknowledged the need to issue appropriate warnings with vaccines, but criticized the move to “hastily” pause shots despite negative health outcomes.

“That was a very high-demand vaccine prior to that happening,” added the Governor.

A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    August 15, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Rhonda got the jab so he wouldn’t run the risk of being “out of pocket” during a critical time for the state? Only thing he did for the state during Covid was to pretend Covid wasn’t a thing.

    And Rhonda he wouldn’t run the risk of being “out of pocket” during a critical time for the state? Like when? Now, maybe? Oh, No. He’s right.

    Florida’s not critical. Florida’s flat lined. Florida got taken to the basement and put in the horizontal refrigerator.

  • Jill Said

    August 15, 2023 at 4:11 pm

    Ron DeSantis got his COVID-19 vaccination because Jill said so.

    Same reason Ron does anything.

  • Jay Smif

    August 15, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    I picked up COVID while in Idaho last week, felt kinda crummy for about 24 hours, and then woke up feeling much better the next day….because of my vaccine. Ron is a lying moron whose lies and quack “surgeon general” killed thousands of his own residents over the last two years.

  • Jake

    August 15, 2023 at 4:19 pm

    So desantis gets the, known at the time he got it, least effective and most dangerous of all the vaccines? Nothing about the man makes sense, or borders on intelligence, nothing.

    • Jill Cakes

      August 15, 2023 at 4:26 pm

      J&J is what they had at the WalMarts. What were we supposed to do?

      • MH/Duuuval

        August 15, 2023 at 5:37 pm

        There was no choice in Duval in the first round: Pfizer. I would’ve taken the J&J because it was one shot and, at the time, all three seemed a better alternative to being on a ventilator, etc.

        Which is Michael K’s point below.

        Trumpicans can’t face up to the numbers: They were more likely not to be vaccinated and more likely to die.

  • Michael K

    August 15, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    He takes pride in being an ignorant, foolish, stupid, crazy moron.

    Does he not remember that over 80,000 Floridians died of COVID when he was “in pocket” during the pandemic?

  • PeterH

    August 15, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Here are the facts:
    No vaccine is 100% effective against a virus! Every individual has a different body chemistry that responds differently!
    Fact: The efficacy tests for the Johnson & Johnson one shot is about 74%. So once again DeSantis is fake News!

  • Amy Roberts

    August 15, 2023 at 9:18 pm

    My Dad was a polio survivor, so we were getting vaxed. On my initial I was given a choice of J&J and Pfizer. The guy at the door was taking data, I asked which one is most popular, and he showed me it was about 50/50 so I chose the one shot J&J. But then my second and third booster I chose Moderna. My last booster was a mRNA I got at the same time as my flu shot for the year. I’ll repeat that this October. I have not tested positive for Covid to date. 🤞

  • John Barron

    August 16, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Ronda’s revisionist history! Why did it take him so long to admit he got there jab!? Coward!!! No one with so little backbone should be Gov of Fl let alone POTUS!!!

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