Vax statewide grand jury report: ‘Investigation is nowhere near complete’
Ron DeSantis in Naples. Screenshot from WKMG via The Florida Channel.

Voters from mostly Republican-dominated counties were drawn for the grand jury, which asserted in the report it's 'apolitical' and 'insulated from the influence of the political actors that caused us to be impaneled.'

A statewide grand jury set up at the urging of Gov. Ron DeSantis to investigate the companies that manufacture COVID-19 vaccines said in its first-ever report that its “investigation is nowhere near complete” and that it had not gotten cooperation from federal healthcare agencies in its probe.

In its 33-page interim report, the grand jury said that while the members have heard from doctors, professors and scientists, “there are still many months and much more testimony and evidence to come before our work will be finished.”

DeSantis called the grand jury in December 2022 after he went from someone who promoted the COVID-19 vaccine when it was first being distributed to someone who repeatedly questioned the effectiveness of the “jab” as he called it. He pushed for laws that banned vaccine mandates.

When he campaigned for President, DeSantis criticized former President Donald Trump for keeping chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci on board during the pandemic and routinely called for “accountability” against the federal agencies involved in the response to COVID-19.

Interestingly, the grand jury notes that so far it has not gotten “fulsome cooperation” from all potential witnesses and that some have questioned the “fairness” of the panel since it was set up at the insistence of DeSantis. The report also stated that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Army — agencies with a hand in the approval and distribution of vaccines — have declined to participate in the proceedings.

“These agencies have elected not to provide representatives to testify before this body, and federal law prohibits us from compelling their cooperation,” the report states.

The grand jury consists of voters drawn from mostly Republican-dominated counties in central and southwest Florida. The grand jury’s Legal Adviser works for Attorney General Ashley Moody. At the top of the report, the grand jury asserted that it is “apolitical” and is “insulated from the influence of the political actors that caused us to be impaneled.”

“Our main uniting feature is that each of us believes the citizens of the State of Florida deserve unbiased answers to the important questions raised by the Petition and the Impanelment Order. Moreover, we concur that if violations of Florida criminal law occurred with respect to COVID-19 vaccines, they must be addressed by the appropriate authorities.”

In its report, the grand jury also suggested that lockdowns, masks and social distancing were not effective tools to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nearly 100,000 Floridians have died from the virus since March 2020.

The Governor’s office issued a press release reiterating the grand jury’s conclusions on lockdowns, masks, and social distancing, among other things The release also describes the grand jury as apolitical and highlights the fact that federal agencies refused to participate.

Christine Jordan Sexton

Tallahassee-based health care reporter who focuses on health care policy and the politics behind it. Medicaid, health insurance, workers’ compensation, and business and professional regulation are just a few of the things that keep me busy.


  • Michael K

    February 2, 2024 at 9:48 pm

    What a joke. What a scam. What a farce. What a waste of time and resources.

  • PeterH

    February 2, 2024 at 11:45 pm

    This sounds like a grift beyond comprehension. Who is getting paid to organize this clown show?

  • My Take

    February 3, 2024 at 12:24 am

    DeSScamus, the Grim GOPer, is estimated to have (ir)responsibility in 10s of 1000s of preventable deaths.

  • Marvin M.

    February 3, 2024 at 1:02 am

    “In its report, the grand jury also suggested that lockdowns, masks and social distancing were not effective tools to combat the spread of COVID-19. Nearly 100,000 Floridians have died from the virus since March 2020.”

    So, the opinions of the members of a grand jury now have the same weight as the testimony of scientists, experts in their fields?
    We can debate lockdowns but for God’s sake, COVID is a respiratory disease. Masking, for example, can’t ensure you won’t get it, but it can sure help the odds you won’t get it. Why does he seem to have such a problem with it?

    • Stephen Tabeling

      February 5, 2024 at 5:02 pm

      Masks are the least likely defense against respiratory infection. To begin, realize that as with a cold or flu, you will not be infected by someone who is asymptomatic. One who is compromised by weight, metabolic syndrome…are at greater risk. Too many Americans are obese and with that a compromised immune system, Masks are compromised all the time by everyone. Wear it, hang it on a car mirror, put it in a coat pocket, name the way in which it is handled and you will find that during and after the first use it is contaminated. It is impossible to be 100% compliant and if you believe covid was so easy to catch then masks don’t matter; and, they are no more than a badge that says, I’m afraid. Pay attention. We were told wear a mask, don’t wear a mask. Then wear 2 masks and while you’re at it consider goggles. All the while we see policy makers moving about without masks and less than 6′ apart (another farce). If this were so dangerous then ask yourself why they opened, liquor stores, big box stores, abortion centers, but, closed down churches, small shops and visitations to loved ones. Forget about the masks. Spend some time asking yourself where your common sens went.

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