Florida Governor of Southern Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, recommended today that healthy children remain not immune to COVID-19, despite recorded deaths in minors from the disease.
The announcement came after several health experts, including Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladabo, downplayed the importance of immunizing children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that everyone over the age of five receive a full vaccination schedule, as a form of protection against SARS-CoV-2 and its possible complications.
DeSantis, who is running for re-election and considered a potential 2024 presidential candidate, has repeatedly expressed his disapproval of vaccine mandates and other health measures promoted by the federal government.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki criticized the Republican governor’s advice not to vaccinate minors.
The presidential spokeswoman said it was “extremely disturbing” that some politicians are selling conspiracy theories and casting doubt on vaccines when they are the best way we have against the virus and to avoid hospitalization.
While Covid-19 generally causes more severe cases in older age groups, the CDC notes that as of mid-October 2021, there have been more than 8,300 hospitalizations and nearly 100 deaths among children ages 5 to 11. year in the country.
The United States faced a spike in infections in December and January due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, and according to official sources, the number of infected people fell from 800,000 per day a little more than a month ago to 48,000 this weekend.
President Joe Biden noted in his State of the Union address last Tuesday that the country was entering a new, more controlled phase of the pandemic with no business or school closures, but he emphasized the importance of health monitoring and immunization.
The northern nation is one of the hardest-hit countries in the world by a disease that has already left more than 950,000 deaths here, according to a tally by the New York Times.
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