Things related to the COVID-19 pandemic have been developing and changing recently in light of vaccines continuing to being distributed and more individuals becoming eligible to receive them.
Earlier this year, we shared that vaccine passports may be required to travel and for other special, large events. Even more recently, we shared how various vaccine passport systems are in the works and how a vaccine passport may be required by certain businesses as things start to return to some sense of normalcy. But now we’ve got an update about vaccine passports as they relate to the State of Florida.
According to WESH 2 News, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently commented on the news surrounding vaccine passports. Governor DeSantis specifically said, “we are not supporting doing any vaccine passports in the state of Florida.”
In a recent press conference, DeSantis stated, “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.”
DeSantis shared how Florida has emphasized that they would provide the vaccine for all, but mandate it for none. He said the state will not make its residents get the COVID-19 vaccine, and that he would not support vaccine passports in the state.
According to U.S. News & World Report, DeSantis has said that he also intends to issue an executive order forbidding local governments and businesses in Florida from requiring “vaccine passports” to show that customers have been vaccinated.
DeSantis called on Florida’s Republican-led legislature to send him a measure for his signature that would enshrine the matter into law.
At the moment, various vaccine passport programs appear to be in the works for the U.S. and in the works for countries around the world as well. Some industries and companies have indicated that they will require guests to be vaccinated in order to enter or participate. For example, Royal Caribbean International had previously indicated that only vaccinated adults (and younger individuals with a negative COVID-19 test) would be allowed to board upcoming cruises. The situation with cruising and when it could start again from the U.S., however, continues to develop.
We’ll continue to keep an eye out for more updates and let you know what we see.