DeSantis claimed last week â€” as his state continued to experience a surge in the highly contagious delta variant â€• that receiving the shot is â€œabout your health and whether you want that protection or notâ€ and â€œdoesnâ€™t impact me or anyone else.â€
The newspaperâ€™s board called out DeSantis â€” a prominent Donald Trump apologist and possible 2024 contender â€” for â€œdismissing the role of vaccines in reducing community spread.â€
â€œDoesnâ€™t impact anyone else? Talk about a profile in selfishness,â€ it wrote.
The role of the shots are actually â€œthe opposite of what he saysâ€ because the spread of COVID-19 â€œis a community problem, and solving it starts with vaccines,â€ it continued.
DeSantis has already banned schools from mandating the use of face masks and fought cruise line companies requiring passengers to be vaccinated, the board noted.