Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Monday that he is planning on signing an executive order that would ban local governments and businesses from requiring “vaccine passports.”
“We are not going to have you provide proof of this just to be able to live your life,” said DeSantis. The remarks come after the governor signed a bill, SB-72, which shields business owners from any liability regarding possible transmissions of the coronavirus.
“We don’t want to be in a situation where people are scared of being sued, just for doing normal things,” said DeSantis. “We worked very early on to look at to see ways that we could provide some certainty for both businesses, and health care providers. This was obviously a top priority for many of us up here. And I think that the Legislature has been able to deliver today.”
DeSantis wants the Florida legislature to pass a law that would ban “vaccine passports.”
“We need the Legislature just to come in and say ‘this is not happening in Florida,'” said DeSantis. “Do you want the fox guarding the hen house? Give me a break. This is something that has huge privacy implications.”
“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 participate in normal society,” continued DeSantis.
The comments come after details emerged of a partnership between the Biden administration and several private businesses regarding the development of a “vaccine passport.” The state of New York has also implemented the nation’s first “vaccine passport.“