DeSantis Prohibits 'Vaccine Passports'

Florida governor wants legislation to make ban permanent
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 2, 2021 4:35 PM CDT
DeSantis Bars Requiring Proof of Vaccination
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to the media last month.   (Alan Youngblood/Ocala Star-Banner via AP)

(Newser) – Beginning with an executive order while promising legislation soon, Gov. Ron Desantis moved Friday to block the use of "vaccine passports" in Florida. He said the order prohibits the use of such passports "or other standardized documentation for the purpose of certifying an individual's COVID-19 vaccination status to a third party," NBC reports. Businesses are not allowed to require that customers show documentation that they've been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19. And governments can't issue such documentation, the order says. "Vaccine passports reduce individual freedom and will harm patient privacy," says the governor's order, which went into effect immediately.

DeSantis urged the Florida legislature on Monday to act against the passports, per the Hill. In a Friday tweet, he said state lawmakers are working to make "permanent these protections for Floridians and I look forward to signing them into law soon." New York has launched a program through which a QR code is scanned to vouch for vaccination. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said this week that although the government will issue guidance, the administration expects vaccine passports to be developed and used in the private sector. (Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene has called such passports "corporate communism" and worse.)

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