Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis vowed to issue an executive order banning local Florida governments and businesses from requiring “vaccine passports.”
“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said on Monday. “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 be able to participate in normal society.”
He also called on Republican state leadership to consider a measure on vaccine passports but didn’t go into detail.
.@GovRonDeSantis on vaccine passports:
“You want the fox to guard the hen house? I mean, give me a break. I think this is something that has huge privacy implications.
It is not necessary to do."pic.twitter.com/IiKXjsnMTu
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 29, 2021
The Monday announcement comes after it was reported the Biden administration is working to develop vaccine credentials so the public would be able to show proof of vaccination following the pandemic.
“Our role is to help ensure that any solutions in this area should be simple, free, open source, accessible to people both digitally and on paper, and designed from the start to protect people’s privacy,” White House coronavirus response coordinator Jeff Zients said during a March 12 briefing.
State leaders such as DeSantis, however, said any such program would come with “huge privacy implications” and isn’t needed.
“You want the fox to guard the henhouse? I mean, give me a break. I think this is something that has huge privacy implications,” DeSantis added on Monday. “It is not necessary to do.”
DeSantis has touted his coronavirus response in recent weeks, highlighting that Florida “lifted people up” with its anti-lockdown policies, while other states kept children out of schools and people out of work.
“Florida’s schools are open, and we are one of only a handful of states in which every parent has a right to send their child to school in person. All Floridians have a right to earn a living, and our citizens are employed at higher rates than those in the nation as a whole. Every job is essential,” he said during his state of the state address earlier this month.
Source: Washington Examiner : Ron DeSantis spurns Biden vaccine passport plan and will ban them in Florida via executive order