Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is proposing. Legislation to ban Covid health systems in the state to mitigate the virus.
The law would must vaccines and masks in schools, must masks in businesses. And ban so-called vaccine passports showing proof of vaccination. It would prevent employers from hiring or firing workers based on whether. They have been vaccinated, and prohibit the firing or de-licensing of medical. Professionals who may not agree with Covid protocols.
“When the world lost its mind, Florida was a haven of sanity. Serving as the linchpin of liberty,” DeSantis said in a press release. “These measures will ensure Florida remains this way. And provide landmark protections for free speech for physicians.”
DeSantis has been a vocal opponent of the pandemic health.
System despite early support for vaccines in 2021, which he once called life-saving.
The Florida governor, who is mulling whether to challenge Donald. Trump in the 2024 Republican primary for president. Showed last month that he is to the right of the former president on the Covid vaccine.
During a roundtable he held with skeptics and opponents of the Covid vaccine. — Including his own surgeon general — DeSantis called. On the state Supreme Court to impanel a grand jury to investigate whether. pharmaceutical companies misled Floridians about the vaccine’s side effects. The move, which is at odds with the Centers for Disease Control. And Prevention, was panned even among figures in Trump’s orbit.
The Florida Supreme Court approved DeSantis’ request late last month.
DeSantis first drew ire from Trump last year. When he refused to say whether he had received a Covid booster shot. The former president, whose Operation Warp Speed accelerated vaccine development amid. The pandemic, appeared to condemn politicians like DeSantis who refused to say whether. They had received a booster shot, calling them “gutless.”
In 2021, DeSantis signed legislation that imposed fines on employers. Who required Covid vaccinations. And banned the ordering of vaccines from government agencies and educational institutions. He signed an executive order that curtailed the use of vaccine passports.