DeSantis issues order banning ‘vaccine passports’ – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Friday that banned companies from requiring customers to provide evidence that they had been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to receive service.
The Republican governor had previously announced his intention to issue an order to ban so-called “vaccination cards”. His action also prevented any Florida government agency from issuing such vaccination records.
In its Executive Order, DeSantis claims that “vaccination records restrict individual freedom and compromise patient privacy”.
Effective immediately, companies in Florida are prohibited from requiring customers to submit documents that certify the COVID-19 vaccination in order to join a company or to be served.
However, the order does not preclude businesses such as restaurants and retail stores from reviewing inspection logs and other actions recommended by federal and state health authorities.
As of this week, more than 2 million Floridians have been infected with the virus and nearly 33,500 have died.
Meanwhile, students and staff at a private university in South Florida will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 when they return to campus in the fall. Vaccinations are mandatory until August 1, said Nova Southeastern University in an email announcing a press conference on Friday morning.
“As the state, nation and world emerge from the months of changes in our lives brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Nova Southeastern University is pleased to announce that it intends to bring full face-to-face learning in the Classrooms to resume basic courses for the fall semester 2021, ”says the press release.
The university has 6,314 undergraduate students and 14,574 advanced graduate students on its main Davie campus and in various locations in Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach Gardens, Tampa, and Puerto Rico.
It is unclear whether the university would violate the governor’s order.
The full governor’s appointment can be read below.
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