FL GOV. DESANTIS TO TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION TO STAND AGAINST VACCINE PASSPORTS
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) vowed to take executive action this week banning “vaccine passports” that businesses and local governments could potentially require to show digital or physical proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
The Florida governor said during a Monday press conference that he would take action by “an executive function, emergency function” against vaccine passports and requested the Republican state legislature draft a bill forbidding such passports.
“We always said we wanted to provide it for all but mandate it for none,” DeSantis said in Tallahassee. “And 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.”
“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,” he added.
DeSantis said he believes people “have certain freedoms and individual liberties” to decide whether to get the vaccine and conveyed concerns about privacy if such a program was launched. . . .
DeSantis has previously expressed his disapproval of vaccine passports, which some countries including Denmark, have already begun implementing.
New York was the first state in the U.S. to announce its vaccine passport program called Excelsior Pass which will use a QR code to get into different venues.
Andy Slavitt, White House senior adviser on COVID-19, said earlier Monday that the federal government is not “viewing its role as the place to create a passport, nor a place to hold the data of citizens.” . . .
“We view this as something that the private sector is doing and will do,” he said, noting that the government plans to ensure equitable access to and privacy of these programs. . . .
White House press secretary Jen Psaki reiterated Slavitt’s comments during a press briefing, adding that there will not be a “centralized, universal federal vaccinations database” and “no federal mandate requiring everyone to obtain a single vaccination credential.”
What do you think of vaccine passports? Will you be praying for Governor DeSantis and others who are pushing back on vaccine passports?
(Excerpt from The Hill. Article by Justine Coleman. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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