Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) said Monday that local governments that enforce COVID-19 vaccination will be fined thousands of dollars.
These regulations violate a state law passed earlier this year, the 2006 Senate Bill, which stipulates that the government cannot require people to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (commonly called a vaccine passport) to enter government buildings. The Florida Department of Health’s regulations to implement this law will take effect on September 16. The regulation states that violation of the law will result in a fine of $5,000 per person.
Despite legal requirements, the governments of Orange County and Leon County and Gainesville have implemented vaccine passport requirements for employees.
DeSantis said at the press conference that if the requirements remain the same, they will face a fine of $5,000 per violation.
“This could result in millions of dollars in fines,” he added.
However, local government officials did not say that the upcoming fines will lead to policy changes.
“We believe that, as employers, we reserve the right to request vaccinations as a condition of employment,” Gainesville spokesperson Shelby Taylor told the news media in a statement.
Orange County Mayor and Democrat Jerry Demings said on Monday that county officials are unaware of the Florida Department of Health’s regulations and will consider their legal options after analysis.
Demings announced the county’s mission last month. County staff must be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September.
More than 200 police officers and other county employees filed a lawsuit against Gainesville’s request, claiming it violated their constitutional rights, and claiming that their natural immunity from contracting COVID-19 and recovering from it provides better than vaccines protect.
Some studies have shown this, but federal public health officials who set policies to inform the country of many rules downplayed the findings and continue to urge people to get COVID-19 vaccines, even if they have natural immunity.
The Florida Attorney General and Republican Ashley Moody (Ashley Moody) submitted an amicus curiae briefing for workers in Gainesville on Monday.
DeSantis held a press conference with workers from Gainesville and Orange Counties who were dissatisfied with these tasks, including Christine Dam, an employee and an employee from Gainesville. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran with four children. She is part of the suit.
“Florida residents should not be given tasks that require them to lose their jobs or free to make informed medical decisions. I don’t believe whether the citizen next to you has been vaccinated, it has nothing to do with anyone,” said Damme.
“My body, my choice,” she added, using adverbs commonly used by pro-abortion activists.
Although the city’s mission lists exceptions for religious or medical reasons, Dum said that everyone she knew who had applied was rejected.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times