Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis intends to protect Floridians from discrimination based on Covid vaccination status.
During a recent press conference on his administration’s efforts to cut prescription drug costs for Floridians, Governor DeSantis revealed that he is working on legislation that would make the provisions contained in Florida House Bill 1B (2021) permanent law.
The bill, which contains a sunset clause that expires on June 1, prohibits private employers, educational institutions, various government agencies, etc., from imposing Covid-19 vaccine or mask mandates and prohibits discrimination on such grounds.
According to the governor, discrimination on such grounds “should not even be an issue.” He further noted that Floridians should be protected against mask mandates. Such mandates, in his opinion, are “irrational,” as Floridians have a “civil right to breath the fresh air” and live their lives.
As reported by The Florida Standard, “the governor also indicated that the legislation may include a ban on private businesses to require masks inside premises or to use services.”
The governor has been very critical of colleges and universities throughout the nation that are forcing students to get the mRNA booster shots due to possible safety concerns. According to The Florida Standard:
“DeSantis referred to the work of Surgeon General Ladapo and doctors participating in the governor’s roundtable working group on vaccine safety – pointing out the risk of myocarditis and other severe adverse effects.
As noted by the surgeon general, more studies are coming out that confirm his prior warnings related to the mRNA shots.
‘Bravo to these Harvard-affiliated researchers for finding that spike protein persists in the blood of young people who develop myocarditis after receiving mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, which may explain the mechanism of injury,’ Dr. Ladapo wrote on Twitter, referring to a study published on January 4 entitled ‘Circulating Spike Protein Detected in Post–COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine Myocarditis.'”
The Florida governor has long been an advocate of individual choice and has strongly opposed mandates and restrictions. During a panel discussion with Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joesph Ladapo and several other medical experts in March of last year, he called to end Covid restrictions, noting that “there is no place in Florida for COVID theater.”
Mr. Hakim is an attorney and columnist. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, and other online publications. He is also a regular guest on OANN’s Tipping Point, and has appeared on Newsmax, The Jenna Ellis Show, Steadfast and Loyal Podcast with Allen West, The Dave Weinbaum Show, and Real America’s Voice. The views expressed herein are the author’s own and do not constitute legal advice.