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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is being very clear: the Sunshine State will not be mandating or recommending any mRNA vaccines for children under 5 years old, despite what the FDA recommends.

“We recommend against [vaccinating babies],” the governor told the crowd. “We are not going to have any program where we’re trying to jab 6-month-old babies with mRNA. That’s just the reality.”

“DeSantis pushed back on media coverage that painted Florida in a bad light for the policy decision and accused the White House of spreading misinformation and trying to shame the state into submission,” according to the Epoch Times.

“It’s what they do,” he said. “We’re not surprised the White House would amplify the lie because that’s what they do—they thought somehow we would be like embarrassed by that.”

ET continues: “White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told media outlets on June 17 that DeSantis had ‘reversed course and is now ordering vaccines,’ which led the governor’s press secretary, Christina Pushaw, to fire back, accusing Jean-Pierre of ‘spreading disinformation.’”

“Florida is not placing any orders of COVID shots for zero to 5-year-old babies and kids,” Pushaw posted on Twitter. “What they have couched as a reversal is actually the governor’s steadfast position that … Florida does not recommend, nor distribute, shots for babies. Health care providers that want the vaccines can obtain them and any parent who wants it for their child can get it.”

““No state policy change in Florida. The only thing that’s changed was the federal government issued the EUA [emergency use authorization] for the shots today. Retract your lies.”

“We’re following the data,” DeSantis said. “I would just caution people, look at the actual data in the clinical trial. It’s the weakest possible data that you could possibly see … doesn’t even track the outcomes.”