DeSantis, like Trump and most mini-Trumps, understands how to communicate in code with followers. So he'll say he's "for" vaccines, but his followers know it's a lie to placate the press.
Indeed, I'd argue that one reason anti-vaxx sentiment got so pervasive so quickly is GOP leaders made their followers feel like they're in on the con, which is the best way to con people. Anti-vaxxers believe they're part of a scheme to get one over on Biden and the press.
But, of course, the right wing base voters are being cynically used, as cannon fodder in the GOP's biowar on Biden. They're the ones who are getting sick and dying, not the leaders who just got vaccinated and then started dropping hints about how their followers should not.

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It takes 3 weeks to get two doses of the shot. Do the math.
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