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DeSantis: We do not support “Vaccine Passports”

Ron DeSantis
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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing back against the Biden administration’s potential vaccine passport concept.
DeSantis – No Vaccine Passports

Monday, Governor DeSantis vowed to take executive action this week against vaccine passports forbidding the digital or physical proof of vaccination against COVID-19 that local governments or businesses could use to allow a vaccinated individual to travel and attend events.

The governor says the “vaccine passport” violates privacy and individual liberties.

“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said, citing violations against privacy and individual liberties. “It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society.”

The governor’s statement comes as the idea of having a vaccine passport garnered national attention as vaccines roll out and companies prepare for a return to normalcy.
New York was also the first state in the U.S. to announce its vaccine passport program called Excelsior Pass, which will use a QR code to get into different venues.

According to statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health, 5.6 million doses of the three coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Florida as of Monday. The state has also dropped its coronavirus vaccine eligibility to those aged 40 and older.

Also, the Governor is shielding Florida businesses and health-care providers from lawsuits related to COVID-19. Governor Ron DeSantis signed the COVID liability protection bill into law on Monday. House Speaker Chris Sprowls calls it the most aggressive COVID liability protection bill in the country.