Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has threatened any government agency imposing a Covid hit as a condition of employment with fines, and said ignoring natural immunity suggests vaccine warrants are about control, not public health .
“We are not going to let people be fired because of a vaccination warrant”, DeSantis told a crowd in Gainesville on Monday, surrounded by public sector workers threatened with dismissal if they do not submit to the warrant. “If a Florida state government agency makes a vaccine a condition of employment, it violates Florida law and you can be fined $ 5,000 for each violation.”
DESANTIS: “If a Florida state government agency imposes a vaccine as a condition of employment, it violates Florida law and you can be fined $ 5,000 for each violation. ” pic.twitter.com/hnBCplDMKO
– Daily call (@DailyCaller) September 13, 2021
Florida has worked hard to make Covid-19 vaccines “Available for all but compulsory for none” the Republican governor argued, and said he was “Fundamentally wrong” throw out first responders and other frontline workers who had been hailed as heroes until recently.
Speaking after a firefighter who recovered from the virus, DeSantis stressed that the vaccination warrants do not provide for any natural immunity conferred by the infection.
“It’s not about science” he said. “I don’t support warrants at all, but if you do warrants based on that, if you really follow the science, you will recognize this natural immunity. And instead, they ignore it.
While DeSantis has said he opposes vaccination warrants, he doubly opposes Biden vaccine requirements because they do not take into account the immunity conferred. pic.twitter.com/kukWxYMgxl
– Philip Melanchthon Wegmann (@PhilipWegmann) September 13, 2021
The warrants appear to be less about medical issues and more about government power and control, DeSantis added. He called their taxation across the United States “very intrusive, and I think it’s illegal.”
Last Thursday, President Joe Biden announced he would use federal regulator OSHA to force companies with 100 or more employees to require vaccinations, as part of a strategy to “Reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans.”
“We have been patient, but our patience is running out and your refusal has cost us all. “ said the president. The mandate met with broad opposition from Republicans, with two dozen states saying they would take legal action against it.
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A state warrant in New York has already forced a hospital to ‘put a stop’ on childbirth, as Lewis County health system management said last week that they would be. “Unable to staff the service safely after September 24”.
Several public sector employees spoke at the same event with DeSantis, stressing that they were being forced to withdraw due to the refusal to take the vaccine. Anyone who requested an exemption from the warrant was refused in Gainesville, said a city employee and a United States Marine Corps veteran, who concluded his remarks with “My body, my choice, nobody else’s business. I will not comply.
Anthony Sabatini, a Republican state lawmaker who is running for Congress in 2022, argued on Monday that the ban on public sector vaccine mandates is a good thing, but does not go far enough. Republicans, he said, must also block corporate mandates and protect 88% of the state’s workforce, otherwise they will have created a special exception for the government. “While every worker in the private sector is abandoned and screwed up. “
But if Florida Republicans fail to take this second step, then it is WORSE than doing nothing at all, as that clearly would have been a special exception for the government, as every worker in the private sector is left behind and left behind. fucked up
– Representative Anthony Sabatini (@AnthonySabatini) September 13, 2021
DeSantis has previously banned Florida school districts from imposing mask warrants and won an appeal against a district judge who tried to block him. Biden has pledged the federal government will compensate any school official whose salary DeSantis withholds due to the warrant, and the Justice Department is seeking to oppose the ban on the grounds that it in some way violates on the other hand, the rights of students with disabilities.
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