Florida state senator reopens COVID vaccination site for children

Sen. Randolph Bracy’s goal is for children under 5 years old to be vaccinated

Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy on Thursday announced the reopening of a vaccination site for children.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida state Sen. Randolph Bracy on Thursday announced the reopening of a vaccination site for children.

A vaccination event at the site, the Roth Jewish Community Center, was postponed earlier in July due to a lack of proper COVID-19 shots.

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Bracy, D-Ocoee, told News 6 that the goal was to provide vaccines for children under 5 years old, but after finding out the organization he partnered with — Allied Health — was planning to administer cut-down adult doses instead of the recommended pediatric doses, he decided to postpone the event.

Florida was the only state to decline pre-orders for the vaccines for the youngest children, but in the middle of June, the state’s doctors were later allowed to order vaccines.

Bracy said in the news release that physicians are becoming frustrated dealing with the delays.

Dr. Salma Elfaki, pediatrician and owner of Nona Pediatric Center, previously told News 6 that it was the right decision to use proper pediatric doses.

The Florida Health Department advises against pediatric vaccines because of concerns that possible health risks will outweigh the benefits.

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