Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Says He’ll Punish Cities For Requiring Vaccines

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) introduced Monday that he was introducing new penalties for cities and counties that require public workers to be vaccinated, at the same time as COVID-19 instances rise dramatically within the state. 

“I don’t support mandates at all,” the governor said at a news conference

“If a government agency in the state of Florida forces a vaccine as a condition of employment, that violates Florida law,” DeSantis said, and the viewers cheered. “You will face a $5,000 fine for every single violation.”

He famous that this might add as much as tens of millions of {dollars} in penalties for native governments. 

The governor additionally had a employee communicate on the information convention, who peddled lies concerning the vaccine and was not corrected. 

“The vaccine changes your RNA,” the worker said, which is false. “We don’t want to have the vaccine. … They’re taking away our freedom and liberty.” 

All COVID-19 vaccines obtainable within the U.S. — whether or not from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson — have been extensively studied and located to be safe and effective, notably in relation to stopping hospitalizations and deaths

Reported COVID-19 cases in Florida have skyrocketed in latest months. The common variety of each day instances throughout the state jumped from round 1,500 in June to over 15,000 this month. 

As the extremely contagious delta variant spreads and instances rise throughout the nation, the overwhelming majority of instances, hospitalizations and deaths are amongst individuals who aren’t vaccinated