Gov DeSantis Signs EO Prohibiting Vaccine Passports

I couldn’t be sure until I read the three-page executive order:


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on April 2 that prohibits the Florida government from issuing vaccine passports or passes. The order also prohibits businesses requiring vaccine passports or passes from patrons.

Section 1. No Florida government entity, or its subdivisions, agents, or assigns, shall be permitted to issue vaccine passports, vaccine passes, or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual’s COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party, or otherwise publish or share any individual's COVID-19 vaccination record or similar health information.
Section 2. Businesses in Florida are prohibited from requiring patrons or customers to provide any documentation certifying COVID-19 vaccination or post-transmission recovery to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business.

I am not sure how this will play out, in terms of both legislation and in practice. It will be interesting given all the pressure to have such a thing. I am a little surprised someone has the guts to go against it. I hope other governors follow and that Governor DeSantis upgrades his personal protection.



Update: It seems like the corresponding amendment has passed the House and Senate on April 29, making this a law. So let’s see how this plays out in practice.

 

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