Florida governor issues order banning ‘vaccine passports’

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to get service

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday banning businesses from requiring customers to show proof they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to get service.

The Republican governor had previously announced his intent to issue an order banning so-called “vaccine passports.” His action also barred any government agency in Florida from issuing such documentation for the purpose of providing proof of vaccinations.

In his executive order, DeSantis asserts that “vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”

Effective immediately, Florida businesses are barred from requiring patrons to provide documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination to enter a business or to get served.

As of this week, more than 2 million Floridians have been infected by the virus, and nearly 33,500 have died.

The governor’s order scrapped a plan by a private university near Fort Lauderdale that would have required students and staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19 when they returned for the fall semester. Nova Southeastern University had announced earlier Friday that vaccinations would be mandatory by Aug. 1.

“We will continue to follow all state and federal laws as they evolve,” Hanbury said.

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