Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, one of the few lawmakers left that is still truly fighting for Americans without Trump in office, has heroically outlawed vaccine passports in his state.
DeSantis revealed in an announcement on Twitter that he signed an executive order Friday prohibiting the “so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports.”
The state legislature is working on making these protections permanent for Floridians.
Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon. Read my EO here – https://t.co/6QwLsLWEWm
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 2, 2021
Under the order, “Florida government entities, subdivisions, agents, and assigns” will be banned from issuing “vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service” businesses.
The governor’s order affects government entities but controversially includes private businesses.
Florida businesses are also “prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying” vaccination or post-transmission recovery.
Requiring vaccine passports violates Americans’ right to medical privacy as, “individual COVID-19 vaccination records are private health information which should not be shared by mandate,” the order states.
“So-called COVID-19 vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy,” and “would create two classes of citizens based on vaccination.”
Therefore, “it is necessary to protect the fundamental rights and privacies of Floridians and the free flow of commerce within the state.”
If businesses do not comply with this order, they will not be eligible for grants or contracts funded through state revenue.
The governor added Florida seeks to ensure that all residents who want a COVID-19 vaccine have access to one, however “such vaccines will not be mandated”.
DeSantis’s executive order is the first in the nation to outlaw vaccine passports in a U.S. state.
The governor has made it clear to the Biden administration that Floridians will not comply with tyrannical power grabs meant to erode our individual freedoms beyond repair in the name of “public health” under any circumstance.