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Florida leaves COVID vaccines for little children up to pediatricians

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Florida will not to order any COVID vaccines for children under the age of five.

Florida is the only state that hasn’t submitted a vaccine request for little children from the Federal government.

The Florida Department of Health says it will leave it to individual doctors to request vaccines directly.

The Health Department said in a statement it has “made it clear to the federal government that states do not need to be involved” in what it called the convoluted vaccine distribution process.

Meanwhile, an FDA panel is recommending both Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids under five and for babies as young as six months.

The FDA is expected to quickly authorize the 21-member panel’s decision.

After that, a CDC panel is expected to green light vaccines for children and send the matter on to CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

Once she signs off, it’s possible that shots in babies’ arms can begin as soon as next Tuesday.