DeSantis: Florida to waive passport requirements for coronavirus vaccine | Health Info
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis plans to take executive action against the statewide vaccine passport requirement.
At a press conference on Monday, the Republican governor said he would introduce “an executive function” waiving the requirement that people show proof of coronavirus vaccination in order to access businesses and services.
“I’m going to take action.… We need the legislature to step in and just say this isn’t happening in Florida,” the governor said.
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DeSantis’ announcement comes after reports that the Biden administration is coordinating with private companies and federal agencies to develop a vaccine passport system that would allow people access to businesses, offices and restaurants by proving that ‘they received their COVID-19 vaccines.
“We do not support the creation of vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “No one was more aggressive in getting [vaccines] outside. … We have always said that we wanted to provide it to everyone but mandate it for none. “
He said COVID-19 vaccines will not be mandatory in Florida, adding that it is “completely unacceptable” for private entities or the federal government to impose requirements that people present proof of vaccination to participate in “normal society”.
“You wanna go to the movies. Should you show that? No. You wanna go to a game, should you show that? No. You wanna go to a theme park? No. Not in favor of that,” added the governor.
He said Florida “does not support this,” adding that people have “certain individual freedoms and freedoms to make decisions for themselves.” DeSantis also said passports have “huge privacy implications.”