DeSantis Bans Vaccine Passports Citing F-R-E-E-D-O-M

"You want to go to a movie theater. Should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game? No. You want to go to a theme park? No. We're not supportive of that"

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday banned the use of “vaccine passports” in the southeastern US state, citing “individual freedom.”

The Republican governor’s executive order prohibits government offices from issuing any “standardized documentation” certifying that an individual has been immunized against Covid-19.

It also prohibits private companies in Florida from requiring any type of document from their customers certifying their vaccination, or immunity after they have recovered from the coronavirus. [It’s called medical confidentiality.]

The order by DeSantis, an ardent supporter of former president Donald Trump who is seen as a future potential presidential candidate, argues that “so-called Covid-19 vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

Earlier this week De Santis said such requirements imposed by the government on the private sector would be “unacceptable.”

“You want to go to a movie theater. Should you have to show that? No. You want to go to a game? No. You want to go to a theme park? No. We’re not supportive of that,” he told a press conference on Monday.

Florida has banned state and local government agencies and businesses from requiring so-called vaccine passports, or documentation proving that someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, issued an executive order on Friday prohibiting businesses from requiring patrons or customers to show vaccine documentation, or risk losing grants or contracts funded by the state. It was not immediately clear how the order applied to state and local government agencies.

Requiring proof of vaccination, the order says, would “reduce individual freedom” and “harm patient privacy,” as well as “create two classes of citizens based on vaccination.”

“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,” Mr. DeSantis said at a news conference on Monday.

Some other Republican governors have also come out against the passport concept. Gov. Pete Ricketts of Nebraska issued a statement Wednesday saying that the state would not participate in any vaccine passport program, and Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri told reporters Thursday that he would not require vaccine passports in the state but was also not opposed to private companies adopting them.

The C.D.C. has issued guidance for fully vaccinated people that allows for the resumption of some activities in private settings. And on Friday, the agency said fully vaccinated Americans can travel “at low risk to themselves,” though federal health officials have urged people not to travel at all, unless they absolutely must.

In New York, however, the state recently introduced a digital tool to allow people to easily show that they have either tested negative for the coronavirus or have been vaccinated in order to gain entry into some events and venues.

Walmart, last month, joined an international effort to provide standardized digital vaccination credentials to people. The company joins a push already backed by major health centers and tech companies including Microsoft, Oracle, Salesforce, Cerner, Epic Systems, the Mitre Corporation and the Mayo Clinic.

Some colleges and universities have also begun setting vaccine requirements for the next school year. Cornell University issued a statement on Friday saying that vaccinations would be required for in-person attendance in the fall, and Rutgers University in New Jersey said last week that all students would need to be fully vaccinated to be allowed to return to campus in the fall, baring religious or medical reasons.

Mr. DeSantis’s order is likely to draw legal challenges, raising questions about the impact of two Supreme Court decisions. In Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the high court in 1905 upheld the authority of states to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. That ruling for more than a century has let public schools require proof of vaccinations of its students, with some exceptions for religious objections.

In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple on narrow grounds, and other courts have struggled with how to balance state laws barring discrimination against constitutional rights like free speech and the free exercise of religion. It is not clear that Florida businesses could invoke a constitutional right to refuse to comply with the new measure. [Beautiful. The Stalinist bake-the-cake diktat has come back to bite them.]

Some venues and events in Florida had already made plans to require vaccinations. The Miami Heat basketball team said it would give prime seating to vaccinated fans. The South Beach Wine & Food Festival said it would require proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test to attend. Nova Southeastern University said it would mandate vaccinations for all faculty and staff members as of Aug. 1 to participate in on-campus learning.

It was not immediately clear on Friday what those businesses would do in response to the governor’s order.

Source: The New York Times

  1. ken says

    One can easily read the seditious slant of this article. Not only seditious, but shows a total disregard of individual freedom and liberty. Who in their right mind would want to show papers to enter a place of business or public event? Especially over a virus that if real would be the laughing stock of virusland.

    The New York Slimes was a leading paper back in the day pushing fascism, communism. They haven’t changed. Their billionaire owners have been offered a seat at the table or so they think.

    The Supreme Court vacated the Constitution almost immediately after it was ratified along with the House and Executive. Over the last 150 years,,, the last 20 especially the evisceration has gone neck breaking speed.

    There is nothing left of the Constitution in terms of constitutional protections from government tyranny. Governor Desantis is doing his best but his EO’s can be changed, eliminated overnight, same as the potted plant at the Federal level did.

    The New York Slimes is first to point out deviations upheld by the Supremos while daily calling the document an example of racism and White supremacy. Their sedition, along with the rest of MSM are direct causation to the destruction of freedom,liberty and the nation.

    They, their enablers, whomever they are need to be brought to heel before the torch of freedom is extinguished.

  2. Abraham Silverstein says

    Gov. De Santis is to be congratulated for taking this stand against the fake covid inoculation passport on behalf of the citizens of Florida! Any companies, sports entities, work places or others who try to force the passports on people should be blacklisted and publicly shamed!

    1. GMC says

      DeSantis pledges his allegiance to Israel , Florida is a nice state and has many retired Jewish and American folks . He will go far in national politics because he has the right stuff. The big question is – will he be as logical in big time politics, as he is now . ?

      1. Larry says

        He’s the same TREASONOUS GARBAGE Trump IS.

    2. Larry says

      Too bad he is really a FAKE P0S who flies off to ISRAEL to get his marching orders. Just like Abbott in TX.

  3. Anastasios Poulopoulos says

    Whoever, by any means, is afraid to live (consequently even to get ill from minor or major illnesses or accidents), HE IS THE ONE TO GET THE SHOTS, OR JUST STAY HOME. Everybody else should be free to enjoy life.
    Even if living sometimes can be dangerous. Living, among other things, means accepting responsibilities, taking calculated risks and take care of one another.

  4. Mark says

    De Santis’s order is likely to draw legal challenges???? What about the second-class citizens aspect of preferring to rely on natural immunity? Are people not to be granted any rights at all on this prison planet? I imagine the ‘anti-vaxxers’ include many military veterans – is this the thanks they get for their years of service to the state? For the love of God, get a class-action lawsuit together – the weirdos will have to prove that masking and distancing and lockdowns are supported by ‘science’, and they are not!!

  5. Voz 0db says

    I’m wondering if and when will DeSantis join the Hall of Fame…

    1. Larry says

      Well he slurps Israeli hind end so they will use him against US until they cant.

  6. Larry says

    DeSATANIs is the same kind of FAKE Repug that Epstein GUILTY zioTrumpy is. He flies off to ISRAEL to get his marching orders. If they slurp Israeli hind end,they are NOT our friend! Same goes for Abbott in TX and GAYWAD Richard Grenell being groomed for CA governor. WAKE UP!

  7. Sink says

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