Governor DeSantis holds a press conference to address the recent attacks on Floridians’ freedoms.
“These mandates, this is not about science,” the Republican governor said during a press conference in Alachua County. “Because if it was about science, you would recognize the infection conferred immunity,” Fox News reported.
“Every single credible study always shows that it [natural immunity] provides good protection,” he continued. “So I don’t support mandates at all, but if you’re doing mandate based off this, if you were really following science, you would acknowledge this natural immunity. And instead they ignore it. … It’s really about using government power, control to mandate, much more than it is about the underlying medical issues that are involved.”
DeSantis’ remarks come just days after Biden signed an executive order mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all federal employees and contractors in the executive branch, except Congress.
The president also stated that under a forthcoming emergency order by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), companies with 100 or more employees will be required to mandate vaccines or weekly COVID-19 testing. This will apply to more than 80 million private-sector workers. Companies who fail to comply, according to the administration, could face fines of about $14,000.
DeSantis: Local governments will face $5K fines for imposing vaccine mandates
Earlier this year, DeSantis issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called vaccine passports and requiring confirmation of immunization. He announced on Monday that any cities or counties in Florida that require public employees to get vaccinated in order to keep their jobs will be punished $5,000 for “every single violation” with violators possibly facing millions of dollars in fines.
During a press conference, DeSantis said government agency vaccine mandates violate the state’s law banning private businesses from requiring “vaccine passports” for customers.
“We are going to stand for the men and women who are serving us. We are going to protect Florida jobs,” the governor said. “We are not going to let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate,” The Hill reported.
According to DeSantis, any local government that imposes vaccine requirements risks being fined millions of dollars. He singled out first responders who refuse to be vaccinated.
“You don’t just cast aside people who have been serving faithfully over this issue, over what’s basically a personal choice on their individual health,” DeSantis said. “We cannot let these folks be cast aside. We cannot allow their jobs to be destroyed.”
DeSantis also opposed the Biden administration over school mask requirements, and he recently gained victory after an appeals court upheld his mandate ban.
Watch: Governor DeSantis holds a press conference to address the recent attacks on Floridians’ freedoms.
Gov. DeSantis vows to fight Biden’s vaccine mandate
Governor Ron DeSantis says he will defend Floridians’ rights and oppose President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
All employers with more than 100 employees would be required to have them vaccinated or tested for the virus once a week under the mandate.
“We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going to stand for the men and women who are serving us, we’re going to protect Florida jobs and we’re not going to let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate,” said DeSantis.