Publix Grocery refuses to vaccinate children under 5 years old

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Just days after the FDA authorized COVID-19 vaccines for children 6 months and older, the Publix supermarket has announced that it will not offer the vaccines for babies.

Publix, based in Lakeland, Florida, released a statement Wednesday saying that pharmacies will not offer the vaccine “at this time” to children 4 years and younger.

The company said it would not release any further statements about its decision.

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The policy is in effect at Publix pharmacies nationwide.

The companies website offers vaccination appointments for children aged 5 years and older. Publix still offers other vaccinations for children, such as flu shots for babies as young as 6 months old.

Florida is the only state that has not ordered vaccines for healthy children under the age of 5.

Florida surgeon General Joseph Ladapo recommended against administering the COVID vaccines to healthy children.

The White House said Florida’s decision do not preorder the vaccines for babies could delay delivery of the shots to pediatricians and other medical providers in the state.

The CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccines for infants 6 months and older and boosters for children 5 years and older. The CDC’s recommendations were based on clinical trials that showed the injections were “safe and effective” for infants.

The CDC said the potential risks of the vaccines did not outweigh the known risks of COVID-19.