Walgreens In Delray Beach Blocks Children From Receiving COVID Booster — Is It Political?

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Parents: Store Management Following Florida Surgeon General Guidance, NOT CDC, FDA.


Walgreens at 4999 West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. (Courtesy Google Maps).

BY: ANDREW COLTON | Editor and Publisher

DELRAY BEACH, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The management of a Walgreens in Delray Beach is apparently yielding to guidance from Florida’s Surgeon General instead of the CDC and FDA — and banning children from receiving the COVID-19 Booster shot.

Parents contacting BocaNewsNow.com say the Walgreens at 4999 West Atlantic Avenue is yielding to controversial guidance from Florida Surgeon General Joseph Lapado, widely considered to be an Anti-Vaxxer and Anti-Anything-To-Do-With-COVID official. LaPado does not support kids getting COVID-19 boosters. His beliefs run contrary to the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration which authorized the latest COVID-19 Booster for children ages 5 and up. Most stores are abiding by the CDC guidance. But the specific Walgreens is apparently turning kids away. One parent — who asked to remain unidentified — said she believed that local Walgreen management was making a political decision when the pharmacy manager refused to authorize the vaccine for her child.

Walgreens Corporate Media Relations investigated the claims for more than a day, then officially told BocaNewsNow.com that it couldn’t provide specifics about the incidents at the store.

Spokesperson Stephanie Corcilius, however, affirmed that Walgreens stores are providing COVID-19 Booster shots for everyone who is eligible. Nationwide, all children aged five and up are eligible — with the obvious exclusion of those with underlying health conditions that are incompatible with the booster.

“We investigated with our store teams, and while we cannot disclose specifics due to HIPAA, we can share that we continue to follow guidance from the FDA and the CDC on the administration of COVID-19 vaccines,” said Corcilius. “COVID-19 vaccinations for ages 3+ and updated  COIVD-19 boosters for ages 5+ are available at select Walgreens locations, so parents or guardians are highly encouraged to make appointments for these age groups to ensure the best experience. Appointments can be made at Walgreens.com/ScheduleVaccine, through the Walgreens app or by calling 1-800-Walgreens.”

One of the parents with a child turned away from the Delray Beach Walgreens said that her child does not have any condition that would been incompatible with the booster.

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