Florida Governor Ron DeSantis affirmed that people would not need to show proof of a coronavirus vaccine in order to attend public events.
“I just want to make very clear in Florida, we are not doing any vaccine passports,” said the governor on Thursday. “All those experts said that it was a bad idea. I think it’s a bad idea and so that will not happen. And so folks should get vaccinated, if they want to, we’ll obviously provide that, but under no circumstances will the state be asking you to show proof of vaccination, and I don’t think private companies should be doing that either.”
DeSantis feels that these requirements to attend public events would essentially compel Floridians to get a vaccine, rather than making a conscious decision based on their own circumstances.
“To start going down the road of vaccine passports, I mean, you have some of these states saying to go to a sporting event, you have to show either a negative test or a vaccine proof,” says DeSantis. “I think you just got to make decisions. If you want to go to an event, go to an event. If you don’t, don’t. But to be requiring people to provide all this proof, that’s not how you get society back to normal so we’re rejecting any vaccine passports here in the state of Florida.”
DeSantis also discussed the opposition to the “vaccine passports” during a discussion with Dr. Scott Atlas, professor Sunetra Gupta, Dr. Jay Bhattacharya and Dr. Martin Kulldorff. All participants disagreed with the idea of “vaccine passports.”
“The vaccine hesitancy data show that the people who are hesitant to take vaccines actually tend to be the working class people, poor, poor people, minority populations,” said Bhattacharya, a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.” We’re going to then turn around and say, ‘You have to have a vaccine passport to participate in American life,’ it’s going to be a new vaccine Jim Crow. It’s a huge, huge mistake that will undermine trust in public health, and I think it’s just morally, it’s just morally wrong.”
State-level vaccination mandates have historically been held up by the Supreme Court, notably the case Jacobsen v. Massachusetts, stating that states can restrict individual liberty in the name of public health.
The comments came after the European Union announced they will be proposing a “Digital Green Certificate,” which would confirm to authorities individuals have received a coronavirus vaccination, a recent negative test, or a documented recovery from the virus.
US airline companies have been lobbying the Biden administration to develop a similar temporary situation, according to the Associated Press.
“It is crucial to establish uniform guidance” and “the U.S. must be a leader in this development,” said a couple of dozen groups to the White House, praising efforts by the World Health Organization and the United Nations’ aviation arm to develop similar documentation to the European Union’s. The groups lobbying the White House wish to see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention participate in these efforts.
The groups were adamant that vaccinations would not be required to travel.
Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical advisor, has hinted in the past that mandatory vaccinations could be “on the table” at local and state levels. Some private businesses will likely deny service to those who are not vaccinated or make vaccinations a condition for employment.
“For example, influenza and Hepatitis B vaccines are mandated at many hospitals,” said Fauci. “Here at the NIH, I would not be allowed to see patients if I didn’t get vaccinated every year with flu and get vaccinated once with Hepatitis. I have to get certified every year. If I didn’t, I couldn’t see patients.”