DORAL, FL – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced he will issue an executive order forbidding local governments and businesses from requesting vaccination passports to customers.
DeSantis even called on the Republican-led Legislature to send him a measure for his signature to turn the issue into law, reported South Florida 6.
While at a ceremony at the state Capitol, he said the so-called vaccine passports, that constitute proof of people having been immunized against the coronavirus, is not acceptable in the state.
“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply participate in normal society,” the governor said.
According to DeSantis, giving permission to businesses to require proof of vaccinations would be “an unprecedented expansion” of public and private power, as cited by the media.
The Florida leader also expressed he would take further steps to make sure businesses continue serving people whether they have proof of having been vaccinated or not.
The announcement came yesterday, March 29, just when more people were allowed to get the COVID-19 vaccine as the state lowered the minimum age to 40. On April 5, every Floridian age 18 and older will be able to get immunized.
As of Monday morning, 5.6 million doses of the three coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Florida, according to health statistics provided by the Florida Department of Health.
South Florida 6 reported 2.52 million people have received the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-shot dose of Johnson & Johnson. In total, 3.07 million people have completed the vaccine series.