Ron DeSantis Says He Will Take Executive Action and Forbid Vaccine Passports in Florida
Florida governor Ron DeSantis says he will issue an executive order that will ban local governments and businesses from mandating vaccine passports.
The announcement came Monday during a bill signing ceremony.
“We are not supporting [or] doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “We always said we want to provide it for all, but mandate it for none.”
“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,” he added.
Gov. DeSantis worries about the privacy implications of such “passports” and says it’s completely unnecessary anyway.
“I’m going to be taking some action in an executive function, [an] emergency function, here very shortly. […] We need the legislature to come in and just say, ‘This is not happening in Florida,'” he said.
Vaccine passports are a hot button issue after the state of New York announced one for various arts, entertainment, and event venues:
The so-called “Excelsior Pass,” which provides proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test results, is coming very soon to New York.
The Excelsior Pass Wallet app will “store Passes on a mobile device for easy access at any time,” according to the Pass website hosted on NY.gov. Printing a Pass is also an option.
A Friday news release explains that the Excelsior Pass will be similar to a mobile airline boarding pass.
“Each Pass will have a secure QR code, which participating businesses and venues can scan using a companion app to verify proof of COVID-19 negative test results or proof of vaccination. An individual’s data is kept secure and confidential at all times,” the news release says.
Venues like Madison Square Garden in New York City will begin using the app within the next couple or few days. Smaller “arts, entertainment, and event” venues will also start using it on Friday, April 2, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.