DeSantis aims to expand COVID-19 mask, vaccine protections in Florida

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Governor Ron DeSantis introduced Tuesday a brand new legislative proposal to completely prohibit COVID-19 vaccinations, masking, and vaccine passport necessities throughout a “Prescribe Freedom” occasion in Panama Metropolis Seashore.

The governor, who spoke alongside Florida Surgeon Basic Dr. Joseph Ladapo, introduced the measures “will completely defend Floridians from dropping their jobs as a result of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, protects mother and father’ rights, and institutes further protections that stop discrimination based mostly on COVID-19 vaccine standing.”

The proposal consists of the everlasting prohibition of mandates, together with:

  • COVID-19 vaccine passports in Florida;
  • COVID-19 vaccine and masks necessities in all Florida faculties;
  • COVID-19 masking necessities at companies; and
  • Employers from hiring or firing based mostly on mRNA jabs

“When the world misplaced its thoughts, Florida was a refuge of sanity, serving strongly as freedom’s linchpin,” DeSantis stated. “These measures will guarantee Florida stays this manner and can present landmark protections free of charge speech for medical practitioners.”

The proposal additionally plans to guard medical professionals’ freedom of speech, their proper to disagree with the “most well-liked narrative” of the medical neighborhood, and the non secular views of medical professionals.

“We have to lead with this by making all of those protections everlasting in Florida statute which we’re going to do within the upcoming legislative session,” DeSantis added.

In latest weeks, the Florida Supreme Court docket authorized DeSantis’ petition to analyze alleged harms on account of the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines produced by Pfizer and Moderna.

“We’re going to work to carry these producers accountable for this mRNA [vaccine] as a result of they stated there was no unintended effects, and we all know that there have been, and there have been loads,” DeSantis stated at a personal occasion in December.

As well as, the panel was additionally tasked with investigating the accuracy of what Florida officers name “representations,” or the concept the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines would finish the pandemic and finish viral transmission of COVID-19.

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