FL Gov. DeSantis Signs Bill Opposing COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

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Yesterday, November 18, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill opposing the coronavirus vaccination mandates on workers.

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In what he called “the strongest piece of legislation that’s been enacted anywhere in the country”, Florida governor Ron DeSantis officially made Florida the first state with a law that “imposes fines on businesses and hospitals that require inoculation against COVID-19 without exemptions or alternatives”, according to CNN.

“Leadership means you get in there and you do what you can to stand by people,” DeSantis said. “And that’s exactly what we did today.”

The new bill signed by DeSantis states that all Florida “entities”, meaning businesses, hospitals and governments, must allow their employees the decision to opt out of a COVID-19 vaccine mandate through a medical or religious exemption, through proof of natural immunity or by simply submitting to regular COVID-19 testing.

We do want to note that the new law states that the exemption decision will be up to the state Department of Health “to establish standards for competent medical evidence that the employee has immunity to COVID-19”.

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In addition, The Walt Disney Company previously announced that select employees located within the United States — including some of those who work at Walt Disney World and Disneyland — will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in order to work at any of the U.S. sites.

Those who are a salaried or non-union hourly employee within the United States, in order to continue working for the company, must have already received both doses of the vaccine. The deadline to comply has since passed.

Now, with the new bill that Governor Ron DeSantis signed yesterday, Disney World Cast Members who cite religious reasons or medical inability to receive the COVID-19 vaccine could push-back against the mandate from The Walt Disney Company.

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Universal Orlando, on the other hand, did not require their Team Members to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Instead, those Team Members who are not vaccinated must wear face masks at all times while on property, including both inside and outside. Those Team Members who are fully vaccinated are no longer be required to wear masks onstage, backstage, indoors or outdoors.

What do you think of Florida’s new law? Do you agree with DeSantis? Let us know in the comments below.

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