Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has taken a lifetime’s worth of heat from Democrats who have wrung their hands about his “I’ll do this my way” approach to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can’t fault the man for having principles. Refusing the bow before the pressure cooker environment of the day-to-day gotcha media, DeSantis has made decisions throughout this year based on a strict adherence to the facts: Something that his counterparts in Michigan and California (to name two such states) could stand to learn from.
On Wednesday, DeSantis continued that streak, telling reporters that he would not be jumping the line to get vaccinated just because he happens to be the governor of Florida.
“I’m willing to take it, but I am not the priority. They’re the priority,” he said, referring to Florida’s senior population. “I’m under 45, and so the people under 45 are not going to be first in line for this. And so when it’s my turn, I will take it but this is who I want to be vaccinated. I want my parents, our grandparents to be able to get it. Granted, I’m an elected official but whoop de doo. Let’s focus on where the risk is.”
In addition to bucking the trend of elected officials being the first in line for the vaccine, DeSantis is also rejecting CDC recommendations about who should be getting inoculated first. Those recommendations, colored as they have been by irrelevant matters of “social justice,” have put so-called essential workers in the same category as the elderly, even though the latter are much more susceptible to the worst of COVID’s effects.
At a press conference, DeSantis said that he has been forced to prioritize the rollout of the vaccine based on who needs it most.
“We don’t have enough vaccines for all four million-plus senior citizens in Florida,” he said. “There was a recommendation from the CDC that you vaccinate so-called essential workers. What’s essential? There’s a lot of people who work really hard that the CDC doesn’t consider essential, but their family considers them essential. I consider them essential.”
DeSantis put it clearly: “We’re not going to be putting young people ahead of our elderly population.”
This is a commonsense approach – not just for a population as elderly-weighted as Florida’s, but for every state in the country. The only reason you would roll out the vaccine in any other way is…well, because the CDC caved to woke concerns about “white” seniors getting the vaccine ahead of essential workers, who are more “diverse.” That’s no way to run a pandemic response, and it’s no way to run a state.
Good for Ron DeSantis for, once again, seeing through the BS.