Issues executive order as Biden administration, companies float idea
Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday prohibiting so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports in his state.
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“It’s completely unacceptable for either the government or the private sector to impose upon you the requirement that you show proof of vaccine to just simply be able to participate in normal society,” DeSantis said Monday.
The governor’s executive order states vaccine passports cannot be required to take part in “everyday life,” including “attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant or going to a movie theater.”
The Florida Legislature is working on making the order permanent, DeSantis said in a tweet.
Today I issued an executive order prohibiting the use of so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports. The Legislature is working on making permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon. Read my EO here – https://t.co/6QwLsLWEWm
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 2, 2021
The Republican governor argued that vaccine passports would create two classes of people, and his aim is to protect the “rights and privacies” of residents and allow for the free flow of commerce in the state.
Any business that wants to be eligible for grants or contracts funded through state revenue must comply, the order states.
‘You want the fox to guard the hen house?’
On Monday, DeSantis promised he would take executive action if vaccine passports are required by the Biden administration or private companies,
“You want the fox to guard the hen house? I mean, give me a break,” DeSantis said. “I think this is something that has huge privacy implications. It is not necessary to do.”
On Monday, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., told Fox News that the Democrats’ move to require vaccine IDs to conduct “basic daily activities” undercuts their rationale for opposing voter IDs.
The Biden administration reportedly is working on a way to standardize a vaccine ID process, the Washington Post reported. The paper said the administration and private companies, “from cruise lines to sports teams,” could require the passports, which could amount to an app on a smartphone with a scannable code similar to an airline boarding pass.