In the Rose Garden address, President Joe Biden called vaccinations an “essential aspect” of hurricane preparation. His comment prompted Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) to tell Floridians on social media that state authorities are prepared to assist any Floridians who may be affected by Hurricane Ian, regardless of vaccination status.
President Bident then attempted to clarify his comment. According to President Joe Biden, getting vaccinated is an integral part of hurricane season preparation, especially such as Florida, the Gulf Coast, or Texas. The comments come just before Hurricane Ian was expected to make landfall on Florida’s west coast.
Biden went on to make the strange connection between getting vaccinated and preparing for a massive storm, saying, Now, everything is more complex if you’re not vaccinated when a hurricane or natural catastrophe comes, you’re not ready.
On Tuesday, the DeSantis War Room responded to Vice President Biden’s plea for more immunizations. This is an unusual and perplexing claim from the president. Regardless of vaccination status, all Floridians can rest assured that Governor DeSantis and Florida’s top-notch emergency management and first responders will be there to support them in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
Americans have had plenty of opportunities to get vaccinated, and the Floridians who desired to be vaccinated have been vaccinated. What getting vaccinated against Covid-19 has to do with getting ready for a massive storm that is predicted to bring catastrophic flooding, “life-threatening storm surge,” and widespread power outages across the state is entirely unclear.
Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, has conducted many news briefings on the storm but hasn’t once mentioned immunizations.
At the start of the Hurricane Season, Biden made a speech along these lines. On August 10th, he warned that powerful hurricanes might hit this month, and therefore he advised those living in hurricane-prone areas to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine before they may have to flee.
The White House and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have been at odds over the latter’s efforts to halt state financing for school districts that have instituted mask requirements for students in line with those given by the CDC.
The National Hurricane Center estimates that Hurricane Ian’s maximum sustained winds are near 120 mph. A watch, warning, or warning for a tropical storm or hurricane has been issued for much of the state.