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Fines and bonuses fly today in Florida COVID vax tug-of-war

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Governor DeSantis’ $5000 fine against companies who force workers to get COVID shots in order to keep their jobs goes into effect today.
That means that Florida will start issuing $5,000 fines to businesses, schools and government agencies that require customers or visitors to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that banned so-called vaccine passports. The fines start Sept. 16 if people are asked to show proof of a vaccine. The law does not apply to employers that require vaccination of their staff.

Meanwhile, South Florida congresswoman Lois Frankel who represents West Palm Beach, continues her push for employers to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine.

Rep. Frankel says if this is about freedom, exercise your freedom to live, not die.

Meanwhile, Broward County will pay county employees who get the jab 500 bucks, while the unvaccinated could face a bi-weekly surcharge and weekly testing according, Mayor Steve Geller.
Geller said the program is expected to be implemented by the end of September. The county has about 6,800 employees but it’s unknown how many are vaccinated, Geller said.