During a press conference on Monday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis lambasted over the idea that COVID-19 vaccination passports would be necessary to get back to everyday life in America.
“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida. No one was more aggressive about getting this out. If you look at all the different points throughout Florida, whether it’s a hospital, county health department, a retail pharmacy, a drive-thru sites, church sites, all this stuff. It’s important, but we’ve always said we want to provide it for all but mandate it for none,” DeSantis explained after signing SB 72 into law.
“That was something that while it was advised to take, particularly if you’re vulnerable, we were not going to force you to do it. So, there was never any discussion of any mandates to take vaccines. We will not have COVID vaccines mandated in Florida.”
DeSantis explained that Americans should all be able to make certain decisions for themselves, especially when it comes to freedom of movement and the rights to keep individual health information private.
“The flip side of that though with these vaccine passports is, it’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose on you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society. You want to go to a movie theater, should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game…no. You want to go to a theme park…no. So, we’re not supportive of that. I think it’s something that people have certain freedoms and individual liberties to make decisions for themselves,” the Florida governor continued.
DeSantis also stated that he would be taking action on the proposed COVID-19 vaccination passports by way of emergency executive action.
“I also wonder, it’s like ok, you’re going to do this and then what, give all this information to some big corporation? You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean, give me a break. I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do. You know, we are going to have hit 3 and a half million seniors that are going to have gotten shots sometime this week-likely 75% of seniors. It’s important to be able to do it, but at the same time, we are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life normally, and I am going to be taking some action in an executive function, in an emergency function very shortly,” DeSantis said.
Governor DeSantis also called for more oversight when it comes to governors after just one governor’s decision had an effect on every American, saying:
“We have kids locked out of schools in different parts of this country for over a year. We have businesses that have been locked down and lives destroyed for over a year based on one governor’s decision. And yes, even though I didn’t take that, what if I had done that or someone else had done that? There needs to be some checks there. There needs to be some checks on local government. They should not be able to be closing things down like we saw. You know, I had to pry a lot of this stuff open over the summer and that’s why we see boom in certain parts of the state as a result of that. So I think all of those things are important, but as part of that- I should say with the COVID vaccine, no passports, no mandates.”