Governor DeSantis unhappy with federal Johnson & Johnson vaccine response

Reporter: Zach Oliveri Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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Gov. Ron DeSantis

Governor DeSantis expressed his displeasure with the federal government during a press conference in Lakeland, FL on Friday.

DeSantis says their message involving vaccines is horrific. He cites putting the J&J vaccine on hold and asking people to double-mask and prime examples of what is wrong at the federal level.

The governor says he’s been clear from the start that there shouldn’t be mask or vaccine mandates but instead, leaders should encourage people to make up and get shots.

DeSantis also said that the federal government made a huge mistake in halting the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. He believes this halt is causing people to lose faith in a  single-shot COVID-19 vaccine.

Gov. DeSantis also criticized the CDC for not letting people unmask once they are fully vaccinated.

“I think the messaging on this has been horrific. The messaging should be ‘get a vaccine because it’s good for you to do it,'” DeSantis said.

“Unfortunately, I think the message has been very muddled when you tell people ‘oh yeah yeah it’s important, go get the vaccine but you still have to social distance you can’t do this, you can’t do that,'” he said.

The governor predicted that we will be experiencing a vaccine surplus by May. So for him, the biggest challenge is convincing those who are on the fence to get the vaccine.

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