DeSantis: I Will Not Allow 'Discrimination Based on Vaccination Status’
Our view is nondiscrimination
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis explained why he is rejecting the policy of using vaccine passports in his state.
During an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” DeSantis highlighted CDC guidance on the cruise industry going back to last year and said some would be ineligible for vaccinations, which would prohibit them from boarding cruise ship.
“Just understand, Sean, CDC has shut down the cruise lines down for over a year,” he said.
“We sued the CDC to be able to get them off of this so that the cruise lines could function in Florida"
"Of course, they’re going to have to do about it consistent with Florida law."
"We are not allowing discrimination based on vaccination status," he added.
"What the CDC wants to do is effectively ban young kids from cruises because they’re not even eligible to get vaccinated, and yet they would count that against the cruise ship."
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“So, our view is, you know, nondiscrimination, understanding kids should be able to go on, and also understanding people have recovered from COVID and also are immune, and they may not have taken the vaccine at that point,” DeSantis added.
“So we think that that’s better than forcing people to divulge private health information and discriminate against people who may have had reason not to get the vaccine.”
Earlier this year, DeSantis signed an executive order to ban the use of "vaccine passports" in his state.
Gov. DeSantis also said that the state legislature is striving to make the protections “permanent.”
DeSantis said in his executive order that “vaccination passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy.”
The governor has previously described vaccine passports as a “terrible” and “unacceptable” idea.
The executive order specifically states:
“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 individuals’ COVID-19 vaccination record or similar health information.”