Back in May 2021 the governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate bill, in which he clearly stated that;
“Over the last year, we’ve avoided protracted lockdowns and school closures in Florida because I have refused to take the same approach as other lockdown Governors. This legislation ensures that legal safeguards are in place so that local governments cannot arbitrarily close our schools or businesses,”
During an interview with the Florida Times-Union on 27 aug, Pushaw (press secretary of the governor) said, “the law only prohibits businesses from requiring proof of vaccination from customers as a condition of entry or service.”
“If concert-goers can provide a negative COVID test instead of a vaccine passport, that is acceptable under the law,” she said. “People who want to show proof of vaccination instead of a COVID test are free to do that. It just cannot be compelled.”
The health department says that the violation of florida law will not be accepted by any one in the state and it is required to give employees their medical privacy and and it is against the law to eliminate a worker based on their personal health decisions those who want to get vaccination are allowed to get it and those who can’t get their boosters will not be questioned.
According to the latest news update the county government has been fined $3.5 million by the health officials of the state of Florida for violating the ban on vaccination passports and for dismissing its fourteen employees who did not get their vaccination shots.
To keep you all updated I must add that late in July County also made it mandatory for at least 700 of its employees to get the vaccination before oct 1and maybe that is why it fired its fourteen workers as they lacked vaccination passports. Which was against the bill signed by the governor. According to the latest news update the county government has been fined $3.5 million by the health officials of the state of Florida for violating the ban on vaccination passports and for dismissing its fourteen employees who did not get their vaccination shots.
“It is unacceptable that Leon County violated Florida law, infringed on current and former employees’ medical privacy, and fired loyal public servants because of their personal health decisions,” Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, said in a statement.
This Tuesday, the health department stated that leon county has defied the state’s vaccine passport ban made by the governor total 714 times until now. As Leon County before required all its employees to be completely vaccinated and get booster shots as mandatory protocol which made it compulsory for 700 of its government employees and later fired 14 of them which in total has violated the states law more than seven hundred times.
According to the report of state’s data, the vaccinated candidates of Leon county are approximately sixty percent of residents that aged around twelve which is against covid protocol.
Whereas, the County on the other hand claims that their vaccination requirements for their employees are justifiable and necessary, and all the actions taken by them until now are to make sure their people are working in a safe environment and the public is protected against the deadly covid. It also claims that the governor is playing political games and not working for its people’s best health benefit as UNO healthcare has also made it important for the public to get their vaccinations against coronavirus compulsory to restrain the spread.
On Tuesday, Vincent Long, administrator of Leon County, stated that “the county believes its vaccination requirement is legally justifiable and necessary to keep the public safe.”
For now all we know is that the state of Florida has made a public statement to fine 3.5 Million Dollars on the county government for requiring vaccination passports from its workers.
We will try our best to keep you updated with the latest news till then stay safe and get vaccinated if your state allows it.