Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis stated on Thursday that Florida residents will not be required to provide any kind of proof of vaccination in order to attend public events happening in the state.
“I just want to make very clear in Florida, we are not doing any vaccine passports. All those experts said that it was a bad idea. I think it’s a bad idea and so that will not happen. And so folks should get vaccinated, if they want to, we’ll obviously provide that, but under no circumstances will the state be asking you to show proof of vaccination, and I don’t think private companies should be doing that either,” the governor stated on Thursday.
DeSantis made the point that each resident of Florida should be able to determine on their own if they want to get vaccinated, as well as what events in which they feel safe participating.
“To start going down the road of vaccine passports, I mean, you have some of these states saying to go to a sporting event, you have to show either a negative test or a vaccine proof. I think you just got to make decisions. If you want to go to an event, go to an event. If you don’t, don’t. But to be requiring people to provide all this proof, that’s not how you get society back to normal so we’re rejecting any vaccine passports here in the state of Florida,” DeSantis went on to say.
According to Orlando local media, the governor also spoke about the topic on Thursday in a meeting with medical personnel. Attendees included Dr. Scott Atlas, professor Sunetra Gupta, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Dr. Martin Kulldorff. All of them reportedly agreed with the governor and were against the idea of vaccine identification, saying that it could end up harming more than helping.
“The vaccine hesitancy data show that the people who are hesitant to take vaccines actually tend to be the working class people, poor, poor people, minority populations. We’re going to then turn around and say, ‘You have to have a vaccine passport to participate in American life,’ it’s going to be a new vaccine Jim Crow. It’s a huge, huge mistake that will undermine trust in public health, and I think it’s just morally, it’s just morally wrong,” Dr. Bhattacharya explained.
DeSantis is setting the example of what real leadership during a national crisis such as the coronavirus pandemic looks like. He’s the anti-Cuomo, preserving lives all over the state while also keeping his state’s economy afloat during difficult times.
Folks, don’t be surprised if DeSantis runs for president in 2024. It certainly seems like he’d be a good fit for the job if Trump decides not to run again.