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The Florida-based grocery chain Publix will not provide COVID vaccines to children four years old and younger, despite the recent Emergency Use Authorizations.
Company spokesperson Hannah Herring confirmed the news to the Tampa Bay Times on Wednesday, adding the company would not provide an explanation for the decision.
Publix seemingly made this choice in support of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ not endorsing the idea of ordering a supply of COVID vaccines for children under 5.
“We are not going to have any programs where we’re trying to jab 6-month-old babies with mRNA,” DeSantis said on Monday. “We still have not ordered it. We’re not going to order it.”
At the same time, DeSantis did not bar private health care providers from ordering doses of the vaccine for this age group, despite fake news reports.
Publix is the only provider in Florida to announce it would offer the vaccine to children younger than 5.
Per Fox Business,
“A spokesperson for CVS told Fox that the pharmacy’s MinuteClinics are offering Pfizer’s vaccine to children 18 months through four years of age. ”
“Walgreens told Fox 13 Tampa Bay that children ages 3 and older could get the vaccine at locations in Florida and the rest of the country. ”
President Biden bragged about the vaccine Authorizations while visiting a Washington, D.C., clinic on Tuesday.
“The United States is now the first country in the world to offer safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines for children as young as six months old,” Biden said Tuesday. “In the first time in our fight against this pandemic, nearly every American can now have access to lifesaving vaccines.”
While the press hates Publix for this decision, others have praised the decision:
Good. #COVIDHearings https://t.co/1WZxD7hJTk
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) June 22, 2022
Publix’s media relations office did not respond to a request for comment by Fox Business.
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The old drug adage “just say no” applies here for all parents