Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced he will sign an executive order to ban 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.”
The governor also called on Florida Republicans to pass a measure against vaccine passports. DeSantis noted privacy concerns as the main factor behind the decision.
.@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 announcement followed reports that the Biden administration is developing vaccine credentials for Americans to show proof of vaccination. Many companies have also stated they will require vaccination proof to attend concerts, sporting events or to travel.
The approach by DeSantis follows several pandemic-related efforts that have kept Florida open more than most states. In contrast to blue states like New York and California that have continued strict lockdowns for more than a year, Florida has been open for months.
“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,” DeSantis noted in his recent state of the state address.
“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 added.
DeSantis may lead the way for other states to make similar announcements. His rollback of the state’s mask mandate led to other states, such as Texas and Mississippi, to soon follow with ending mask requirements.