DeSantis Says There Will Be NO “Vaccine Passports” in Florida – Will Ban Them Via Exec Order

DeSantis Says There Will Be NO “Vaccine Passports” in Florida – Will Ban Them Via Exec Order
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Florida governor Ron DeSantis said yesterday that he planned to issue an executive order that would prevent local government and businesses in Florida from requiring “vaccine passports.”

DeSantis noted that,

“We are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida. 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.”

Desantis also said he wanted to see the Republican legislature in Florida to also act on the issue.

Initially, the Biden Administration was indicating that they were interested in “vaccine passports,” but the blowback was so severe that they have, at least for the moment, backed off and are temporarily punting the idea to private businesses. Some businesses undoubtedly will adopt the idea, but it’s still something that understandably rubs a lot of people the wrong way. The historical connotation of people being asked to show papers is enough to turn off most people.

Of course, the government absolutely shouldn’t be handing out vaccine passports, just as they should have never shut down businesses or put mask mandates in place. Looking at the country over the last year, the effects of those policies  in combating the coronavirus are questionable, but lockdowns certainly decimated the economy. The only reason the economy hasn’t face-planted into the pavement yet is that we’re floating along on a massive, unsustainable raft of just printed money and stimulus bills.

What about private businesses? Vaccine passports will turn out to be problematic for them as well, except perhaps in a few limited cases like cruise ships and MAYBE airlines. At best there will probably be lawsuits and lots of complaining and at worst, businesses could lose a lot of customers. However, that plays out, it looks like it won’t be a problem in Florida. Good for Ron DeSantis.

John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know. You can follow him on Parler here.


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