DeSantis defends state decision not to order COVID vaccines for young kids
Protesters rally against Ron DeSantis’ s Politicization Of COVID-19 on Feb. 25, 2022, in Orlando, Florida. - Gerardo Mora/Getty Images North America/TNS

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday defended the state’s decision not to preorder COVID-19 pediatric vaccines for children under 5, saying that parents who want the shots can access them without the state’s help. “Our Department of Health has been very clear: The risks outweigh the benefits and we recommend against,’’ DeSantis said at a news conference in the Everglades to announce the state’s annual python capture challenge. “Doctors can get it. Hospitals can get it. But there’s not going to be any state programs that are going to be trying to, you know, get COVID jabs to infants and toddlers and n...